Remember, back in January, when Mike proudly took up the flag for the "Trade Prince Fielder" brigade? In case you don't:
So, yes, the Brewers should avoid delaying the inevitable by trading Fielder as soon as a sensible opportunity presented itself. For example, on the off chance a pitching-rich team like Boston would be willing to give up a presentable starter, you do that and you do it now.
Today? (Like you don't know what's coming.)
Do not trade Prince Fielder. Do not blow that gaping hole into the middle of the lineup until absolutely necessary, the 2011 trading deadline or the end of that season ...
Here's the part that confuses me:
MikeHunt was in favor of moving Prince before spring training, when the big man was coming off a year where he OPS'ed under .900 and "only" hit 34 bombs. Relatively speaking, Prince's trade value was probably at its lowest.
Now, though, when Prince is coming off a 6.7 WAR season, having hit 46 homers and driven in 141, MikeHunt thinks the Brewers should hang on to him.
Please understand: I am not in favor of moving Prince this off-season, and I never have been. I'm merely saying: if you think it might be a good idea to trade Prince for pitching, doesn't a trade make more sense now, when his value is probably at or near its peak?