If you ask me, the best bet for Prince Fielder is the Washington Nationals. D.C. has a very diverse and lively fan base, they have a very good lineup with Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman (when he’s healthy), Michael Morse and Ian Desmond, they have strong stamina on the mound, and if they can retain Rick Ankiel and have another player improve offensively like they’ve had every season since their move to the nation’s capital, they could be very, very effective with a guy like Fielder added to their roster.

The two biggest free agents of the 2011 offseason are still floating around out there.


Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder still have choices to make, but at the same time are drawing interest.


The interest for King Albert appears to be minimal when you look at the reports, even though Miami has given him an offer and Texas may reportedly soon get in on the mix along with the Cubs. I find it very interesting how calmly things are going for Pujols despite the suspenseful wait that’s accompanying his decision.


But then there’s Fielder.


He’s four years younger than Pujols and is expected to be worth more in the long run, according to a majority of analysts out there because of that little fact. Here’s the real fact, Pujols is better and deserves more money. Sure, Fielder being younger than Pujols may physically be better in the long run — especially when Pujols is 38 and Fielder is 34 — but the real reason is because more teams can afford Fielder than they can Pujols. That’s why the Cubs, the Mariners, the Nationals and Prince’s inaugural team, the Brewers, are after him.


The Cubs make sense to most because they hired Dale Sveum to be their next manager. He was Fielder’s hitting coach in Milwaukee and many think he could play a role in keeping Prince in the NL Central with Chicago. The Mariners have interest, but right now it looks to be just that, interest. Anyone can say they have interest in someone, but I’d be surprised if Seattle even makes him an offer. Besides if he goes there it’s because the Mariners want a star player for the first time since Ken Griffey Jr., but in truth if Fielder did head West he’d pretty much fade out of the limelight.


If you ask me, the best bet for Prince is the Washington Nationals.


D.C. has a very diverse and lively fan base, they have a very good lineup with Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman (when he’s healthy), Michael Morse and Ian Desmond, they have strong stamina on the mound, and if they can retain Rick Ankiel and have another player improve offensively like they’ve had every season since their move to the nation’s capital, they could be very, very effective with a guy like Fielder added to their roster. Don’t forget, Washington finished in third place in the NL East this year behind Philadelphia and Atlanta.


Fielder could also be that popular face that really gets baseball going nationwide for the Nationals. The excitement has since died down since they moved from Montreal, now D.C. needs someone who could make the nation’s game in the nation’s capital popular on a national scale once again.


Think about it. Fielder could join players like Walter Johnson and Frank Howard. Those guys made the Washington Senators popular with baseball fans across America, now Fielder could join them.


In regard to Pujols, I think it’s just a watch and wait stance till he gets what he wants from the Cardinals. He’ll be back in St. Louis, there’s no doubt.


The more suspenseful signing will be Fielder to see where he lands next.