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Posted: Wednesday September 14, 2011 8:31PM ; Updated: Wednesday September 14, 2011 8:46PM

Brewers' Fielder: This is 'probably the last year' in Milwaukee

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All-Star Game MVP Prince Fielder can be a free-agent at the end of the season

Fielder has helped power the Brewers to a big first place lead in the NL Central

He entered play on Wednesday with 32 home runs, 102 RBIs and a .949 OPS

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Prince Fielder
Prince Fielder has spent his entire seven-year career in Milwaukee.
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Fielder's Career Stats
YEAR TEAM AVG AB R H HR RBI
2005 Milw. .288 59 2 17 2 10
2006 Milw. .271 569 82 154 28 81
2007 Milw. .288 573 109 165 50 119
2008 Milw. .276 588 86 162 34 102
2009 Milw. .299 591 103 177 46 141
2010 Milw. .261 578 94 151 32 83
2011 Milw. .294 527 86 155 32 109
Totals: - .281 3485 562 981 224 645
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NEW YORK (SI.com) -- Brewers star and free-agent-to-be Prince Fielder said in an exclusive interview with TBS that this is "probably the last year" that he will play in Milwaukee.

Speaking to Brian Anderson, a TBS announcer who is also a Brewers play-by-play man, for a postseason feature, Fielder said, "I'm signed for this year, but being real about it, it is probably the last year."

In reference to Ryan Braun, his slugging teammate and fellow NL MVP frontrunner, 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."

It has been widely expected that the Brewers would be unable to re-sign the 27-year-old Fielder at season's end but the timing of his commets is nevertheless a surprise. The Brewers entered play on Wednesday in first place in the National League Central and with a magic number of eight to clinch their first division title since 1982.

Fielder's stellar season has been a big part of that success. He ranks among the top five in the National League in home runs (32, fifth), RBIs (109, second), walks (95, second), on-base percentage (.407, second), OPS (.949, fifth) and extra-base hits (66, fifth). He was also the MVP of the All-Star Game after hitting a go-ahead three-run homer in the NL's 5-1 win.

"This game we play is a job, it's a profession," Braun told Anderson. "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."

Fielder, who is represented by agent Scott Boras, is making $15.5 million this year and is likely to seek a contract of at least nine figures. He is the son of former All-Star first baseman Cecil Fielder and has spent his entire seven-year career with the Brewers, who drafted him with the seventh overall pick of the 2002 draft. He ranks second in franchise history with 224 home runs, trailing only Hall of Famer Robin Yount.

Braun, also 27, has been part of a slugging tandem with Fielder since joining him in Milwaukee in 2007. This year he is hitting .329 with 28 home runs and 97 RBIs. In April, Braun signed a five-year, $105 million extension with the club that runs through 2021.

Fielder's comments and Braun's reaction will be aired on TBS MLB on Deck at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday.

 
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