Before anyone in Baltimore starts getting fitted for Fielder jerseys and learning recipes for tofu burgers, think three moves ahead in this chess game.
First, don't believe ANYTHING that Scott Boras says publicly about his clients . At this point in the game and with the market as limited as it is Boras and Fielder ARE considering a 3/80 - 85M contract or perhaps a 6/155 - 165M with a three year opt out clause. Their problem is that the teams that might sign him to that kind of contract are not what they're looking for - a contender. The bad news for Orioles' fans (if you think that signing Fielder is a good move) is that we would be low on any list of teams that Boras and Fielder would be willing to accept on those terms.
If they're planning on going back on the market in three years they would want a contender's home park where Fielder's numbers would be big. Toronto and Washington both have parks that would benefit Fielder and they are both potential contenders. Of course, Camden Yards would be perfect for his left handed bat but Boras knows we don't have enough in our farm system to make us a contender. If the market completely collapses he might falls into our laps but fans should accept that he will be a three year sideshow while we are rebuilding. I'm not sure I see that as progress. Particularly if Angelos pays Fielder out of money that should be used for the draft and international signings.
I think I now better understand the dilemma that women have when they're eying bad boys across the bar. It might seem like a good idea now but they will almost certainly regret it later.