After a franchise-record 96 wins during the regular and the team's first League Championship appearance in nearly three decades, there's an unresolved issue now that the husky first baseman is a free agent. Don't think it will be taken care of anytime soon either, since these types of things aren't to be discussed during the World Series.
Fielder batted .299 with 38 homers and 120 RBI this season, even stealing a base on time. Throughout the postseason, the lefty hit three bombs and two doubles to help keep the Brewers alive until the St. Louis Cardinals took them out.
Of course, the first question asked by the media after Milwaukee's Game 6 defeat was whether or not he was going to stick around. While Fielder didn't care to respond, principal owner Mark Attanasio has made it clear the team will make a sizable offer in order for him to return to the only organization he’s been with since being drafted back in 2002. Hopefully they can afford him.
After signing a record solo-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player in January, Fielder made $15.55 million this season, including a $50,000 bonus for starting in the All-Star game. The organization has locked up their other young stars, including Ryan Braun through 2020, Rickie Weeks and Yovani Gallardo through at least 2014, and Corey Hart through 2013.
However, Manager Ron Roenicke loves him some Prince:
"There’s nothing I like more when I come to the field and I’m sitting in my office and I hear him laugh, it’s contagious. I know the clubhouse is going well when he’s laughing. And I know we’re ready to play."
And his bat is totally worth it.