A JSOnline poll yesterday asked:
60% of the people who responded to the poll said "no". If that sample of representative of the readers of JSOnline, then 60% of their readers are nuts.
Prince Fielder is a better player right now than Ryan Howard. He was a better player last year (1,014 OPS to Howard's .931). He was as good of a player the year before last (.879/.881), and he was a better player the year before that (1.013/.976). Prince Fielder is also 4 years younger than Ryan Howard. Prince will hit 27, the theoretical peak for a player, next year. Howard is already 3 years past that and this 5-year contract extension doesn't kick in for two more years. All of baseball history tells us that Howard's production will be in steady decline over the next seven years.
I would love if the Brewers signed Prince fielder to a 5-year, $125 million contract right now. The fact is though, that they probably can't get him for that. If a 32-36 year old Ryan Howard is worth $125 million, a 26-30 year old Prince Fielder is worth much more.