“I'm signed for this year, but being real about it, it is probably the last year,” Fielder said in a TBS interview to be broadcast Sunday.
“It's been great, unfortunately, this is probably the last year of the one-two punch [with Ryan Braun]. ... But I think it's been [a] good [five] years, him and me. Hopefully, we can go out with a blast.”
Fielder, the 27-year-old voted the Most Valuable Player in the All-Star Game, and Braun are both in the running for National League MVP with the Brewers in first place in the National League Central Division, leading St. Louis by 5 1/2 games. Fielder has hit 32 home runs and has 109 RBIs — which means he will be in line for a massive pay hike when he becomes a free agent at the end of the season.
“This game we play is a job, it's a profession. 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,” Braun said.
“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."