Craig posits that there’s some posturing going on:
This just underscores what I was saying yesterday about how that report that there is a “99% chance that the Nats won’t sign Fielder” is all about posturing. The Lerners likely knew they were meeting with Boras last night. Before that meeting they wanted to float some negativity regarding their interest and give themselves some sort of negotiating advantage, so someone tells someone else that they’re not all that interested, frankly.
The number of teams interested in Fielder dropped when the Cubs traded for a young player who is presumably their first baseman of the future (Anthony Rizzo). The Mariners and Rangers, earlier linked to Fielder, haven’t been mentioned recently in connection with the former Brewers first baseman.
Scott Boras could be in a position of not being able to get a team to bid against itself. Grant Brisbee wonders if Boras has lost his magic touch.
It’s a valid question, becoming more so the closer we get to spring training with Fielder unsigned.