Fielder: 'Probably' last year with Brewers

Fielder: 'Probably' last year with Brewers

Fielder: 'Probably' last year with Brewers
MILWAUKEE -- Both sides know this is probably free-agent-to-be Prince Fielder's last season with the Brewers. On Wednesday, Fielder said so publicly.

"I'm signed for this year, but being real about it, it is probably the last year," Fielder said in a television interview that airs at noon CT on Sunday on TBS' MLB on Deck.

Fielder's comments fall squarely into the "nothing new" category, but like the Francisco Rodriguez flap they were sure to cause a stir in Milwaukee, where some fans remain hopeful that Fielder might re-sign with the Brewers. The sides discussed an extension during 2010 Spring Training but never made progress, and decided before the start of 2011, Fielder's final season under club control, to focus on winning baseball games and leave business matters for the winter.

For the most part, both sides have stuck to that plan. The TBS interview counts as an exception.

Talking about teammate Ryan Braun, Fielder said, "It's been great, unfortunately, this is probably the last year of the one-two punch. ... But I think it's been good, [five] years, him and me. Hopefully, we can go out with a blast."

The comments were published during the Brewers' 6-2 loss to the Rockies, a setback that cut Milwaukee's lead in the National League Central to 5 1/2 games. A crowd of reporters gathered around Fielder, who said his sentiment was nothing new.

"It's exactly what I've said," he said. "Actually, you guys said it last year. It's, 'probably.' It is what it is."

He made clear that nothing has happened lately to push his expectation for the offseason one way or the other.

"It's the same," Fielder said. "They asked me a question, and it's the same thing I've been saying."

In the TBS interview, Braun was asked about Fielder's future, too.

"This game we play is a job, it's a profession," Braun said. "Sometimes I think we lose sight of that, which is a good thing. But there's always a business side. Everybody has to do what is in their best interest. The best interest of their family. Guys earn a right to become free agents. You never know what's going to happen when you get there.

"But for him, I couldn't see why every team in baseball wouldn't want him on their team. Certainly, he will get some huge offers in the offseason. So for us right now, we are just trying to enjoy while we're together, enjoy the fact that he's still a member of the Milwaukee Brewers and accomplish as much as we can this year."