Prince Fielder wants a hefty raise in his next contract — perhaps to as high as $200 million over eight years, SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports.
Heyman, citing unnamed sources who are "familiar with the talks," says the Brewers’ slugging first baseman and his agent, Scott Boras, are using the contracts of Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (also a Boras client) and Twins catcher Joe Mauer as starting points in negotiations. The sides have been discussing a long-term extension, but those demands would seem to discourage getting a deal done.
Fielder, 25, can become a free agent after the 2011 season, and the Brewers have explored the idea of trading him if they can’t re-sign him.
Milwaukee owner Mark Attanasio has not been shy about locking up the team’s young stars to lengthy, albeit team-friendly, deals. He signed left fielder Ryan Braun to a seven-year, $45 million pact in 2008 and ace right-hander Yovani Gallardo to a five-year, $30 million contract last week. There’s also talk that the club wants to work out a deal with second baseman Rickie Weeks.