Boras makes Fielder-Pujols comparison

Agent Scott Boras today billed Prince Fielder as a younger version of the other top first baseman on this year’s free agent market — Albert Pujols — by arguing that the players’ production over the past five seasons has been comparable.

Pujols batted .324 in that span with 195 home runs, 571 RBIs and a 1.025 OPS. Fielder had a lower average — .285 — but hit 200 home runs with 565 RBIs and a .951 OPS.

Pujols, 31, reportedly has one offer already in hand from the Marlins. Fielder, 27, is waiting.

“I’m sure there’s crossover, because in the game there’s so many teams that need a middle of the lineup, franchise player,” Boras said in the lobby of Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel, where baseball officials have gathered for General Manager Meetings. “I do think there are a lot of teams that … look long-term with a younger player that may not be in the market for a player that is four or five years older. My experience in free agency is that Prince is somebody that both a ‘current’ [focused] club and a ‘future’ club could invest in.”

Boras said Fielder is open to offers from teams in either league.

“I think Prince wants to win,” Boras said. “He certainly wants to get with a franchise that wants to commit to him and others.”


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