Fielder update: Where could the slugger end up?

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Fielder update: Where could the slugger end up?

Prince Fielder talk will not die down until the slugger signs somewhere. That's just the nature of the business.

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer may be playing things very close to the vest this offseason, but media members continue to ponder whether the new Cubs front office would be in the market for such a superstar.

Richard Justice from MLB.com had a column today ranking the most likely destinations for Fielder. He had the Blue Jays first, with the Mariners second and the Cubs coming in at third.

This seems like a legit list. As time goes on, I continue to think more and more that Toronto will make a big run at Fielder to try to jumpstart a following north of the border. Either that or acquiring Canadian Joey Votto in some way, either via trade or waiting until he becomes a free agent after the 2013 season.

The Mariners seem possible, but why would the big man want to play in such a spacious park? But, as Patrick Mooney said on the chat for Tuesday's Chicago Baseball Hot Stove show, the Mariners need to do something to keep up in the AL West and their GM was the scouting director when the Brewers drafted Fielder.

Then there's the Cubs.

They may not be ready for the megadeal free agent, as Mooney has been reporting with consistency this offseason. Maybe that will change, however. Or it just could be the ploy Theo and Jed have--exuding a lack of interest just to play things close to the vest. Doubt it, but it's possible.

The Rangers appear to be out of the sweepstakes and the Brewers are officially going in another direction, but, as Justice points out, there are always such teams as the Nationals and Marlins, who were in on big free agents earlier this offseason.

With the recent flurry of signings by the Angels, the Dodgers may want to take back some of the attention in L.A. and corral the superstar even amidst financial troubles and the sale of the team.

Don't forget about the good, old "mystery team" of course. One of those always seems to pop up.

There's still much to be decided. Hopefully it ends soon, but with the holiday and end of the year coming, Fielder and his agent, Scott Boras, may not reach a deal with his new team until 2012.

Cubs, Theo Epstein agree to five-year contract extension

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Cubs, Theo Epstein agree to five-year contract extension

PITTSBURGH - On the verge of what could become a historic run through October and a period of sustained excellence at Wrigley Field, Theo Epstein has signed a five-year contract extension that will keep him overseeing baseball operations for the Cubs.

While no one expected Epstein to bolt from the best team in baseball and a comfortable family situation on the North Side, the president could have become a free agent and disrupted what's now regarded as a model organization in professional sports.

Epstein initially signed a five-year deal worth $18.5 million in October 2011, seeking a new challenge and a fresh start after building two World Series winners for the Boston Red Sox.

Through a series of shrewd trades, first-round picks and free-agent megadeals, Epstein has turned around a 101-loss team in 2012 and constructed a World Series favorite that has already won 101 games and a National League Central title this year.

Epstein and chairman Tom Ricketts are expected to speak with the media before Wednesday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

“In the five years under Theo’s leadership, he has brought in a strong executive team and acquired and developed some of the best players in the game," Ricketts said in a statement. "Now, the results are on the field.  My family and I have no doubt that we have moved closer to our goal of delivering Cubs fans the World Series championship they deserve.

"(This) ensures the baseball operations team assembled by Epstein will continue its remarkable tenure of building a consistent championship contender.”

12 Days of Cubs: The complete list

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12 Days of Cubs: The complete list

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