Fielder not part of Marlins’ plans

MIAMI — Major signings highlighted the week for the Marlins.

Could there be more to come?

The short answer is, don’t look for anything, any time soon. That is the case at least when it comes to high-priced free agents.

Prince Fielder has drawn a lot of attention on the rumor front. The Marlins insist they are not in the running for the slugger.

“We never pinpointed Fielder,” team president David Samson said.

The Marlins did target Albert Pujols, and made a 10-year offer of just over $200 million. Now that Pujols is headed to the Angels, the natural assumption among Miami fans is: Will the suddenly free-spending team go after Fielder?

It doesn’t look like it.

“It was always Albert from the beginning,” Samson said.

Pujols was courted because quite simply, he’s the best player in the game. He is an iconic figure who would be a huge draw in terms of selling tickets for several years.

Still, Fielder would be a huge presence in the lineup.

But after allocating $191 million this week on Jose Reyes, Heath Bell and Mark Buehrle, the Marlins are not anticipating signing Fielder for more than $150 million.

Could that stance change? Never say never.

Just don’t look for it unless Fielder’s market thins out in the next couple of weeks.

Joe Frisaro

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