At some point you have to sign someone knowing you're going to be paying 7+ years for someone not werth much beyond the first three. Would Fielder have been a good signing for us this offseason? I hate to say it but no. That said, I don't see anyone in the next two FA classes that aren't either going to sign an extension with their current club or go to one of the AL powerhouses.
9 for Fielder was crazy for an AL team, let alone an NL team. I don't think NL teams can compete with the AL for prime sluggers anymore.