Prince Fielder says he’s ecstatic Ryan Braun received a new contract guaranteeing an additional $105 million over five years and he hopes the Brewers organization will make an effort to sign him to a long-term deal.
“I’m proud of Braunie. He’s an unbelievable player, and now he’s just super rich. Yeah, man, it’s awesome. I’m happy for him,” Fielder said Friday before Milwaukee played the Houston Astros.
Fielder is eligible for free agency at the end of the season and it’s expected as a Scott Boras client he’ll seek a contract that dwarfs the one Braun just signed on Thursday. Fielder said he hoped Braun’s new deal won’t take Milwaukee out of the running to re-sign him.
“I’m not sure. You never know. If they have this much to spend, you never know. I hope not,” Fielder said. “I hope they have a little left for me, but this year, my contract’s good for this year, I’m happy about it and ready to play baseball.”
Fielder is making $15.5 million this season, the highest-single season contract for an arbitration-eligible player, surpassing Mark Teixeira’s $12.5 million agreement with Atlanta in 2008. Teixeira went on to sign a $180 million, eight-year contract with the Yankees the following offseason.
Fielder is hitting .368 with three homers and an NL-best 19 RBIs so far and said from the beginning of spring training he wouldn’t let talks about his future distract him.
The Los Angeles Dodgers activated right-hander Vicente Padilla from the 15-day disabled list. Padilla had surgery on his right arm in February to free up a nerve that was trapped by a muscle. Padilla takes the roster spot of right-hander Ramon Troncoso, optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday. ... The Pirates claimed infielder Brandon Wood off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels and recalled Pedro Ciriaco from Triple-A Indianapolis, adding options to their struggling left side of the infield. ... Cincinnati Reds third baseman Scott Rolen had two cortisone injections to relieve pain and stiffness in his left shoulder and neck and was not in the team’s starting lineup. ... Mets center fielder Angel Pagan was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left oblique, and the team was not certain when he would return. ... Reds reliever Jared Burton underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery in Cincinnati and will be sidelined indefinitely. ... The Los Angeles Angels placed reliever Scott Downs on the 15-day disabled list because of a gastrointestinal virus caused by food poisoning. They recalled right-hander Trevor Bell from Triple-A Salt Lake. The move is retroactive to April 14. ... Former Royals outfielder Brian McRae has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after a traffic stop. ... Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton is able to run and throw as he recovers from a broken right shoulder expected to sideline the reigning AL MVP for up to two months. ... Rain spared the Minnesota Twins from playing short-handed again, with Justin Morneau and Delmon Young still ailing and out of the lineup for Friday’s game before the steady precipitation prompted the postponement.