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Report: Brewers giving up on re-signing Prince Fielder

National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

National League first baseman Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers watches his three-run home run in the fourth inning during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game in Phoenix, Arizona, July 12, 2011. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

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ESPN’s Buster Olney chimes in with the news a lot of Milwaukee fans have been dreading hearing:

Brewers indicating to others they are pretty much out on Prince Fielder, and are moving on.

Moving on to whom is an open question. While the Brewers are believed to be willing to spend $20 million per year to keep Fielder, they’re not likely to take all that money and use it elsewhere if Fielder is out of the mix. They’ll probably be players for Jimmy Rollins, with the idea of using him as a leadoff man and letting Rickie Weeks hit cleanup behind Ryan Braun. However, if they can’t sign Rollins, it’s doubtful that they’ll add a big name.

As for first base, they could try to add Carlos Pena or Derrek Lee, but they also have an in-house option in longtime prospect Mat Gamel. The 26-year-old Gamel is a career .222/.309/.374 hitter in 171 major league at-bats, but he’s batted .301/.374/.512 in 1,098 at-bats in Triple-A. It’d make sense to go with him if the Brewers use up their budget room for Rollins.