PHOENIX -- Prince Fielder is happy being worry free.
The Brewers' big first baseman is past the days of last year, fretting about the moment when he'd be traded -- first around the All-Star break and then after the season following a long ovation at Miller Park when he batted for what appeared to be the last time.
Now, Fielder's future is clear.
He's playing for the Brewers this year and wants to take them back to the postseason one more time.
"I have nothing to worry about," said Fielder, who started his pro career with the Ogden Raptors.
After the World Series, he'll get into the messy details of free agency as a client of Scott Boras and certainly is in line to receive a blockbuster contract as one of the premier power hitters available.
But Fielder isn't interested in turning the Brewers into his own season-long soap opera.
"What does that do? I'm not into the whole 'Young and the Restless' drama. It feels weird, it's uncomfortable. I feel like it's a reality show. I'm not comfortable with it. I'd rather just, granted, yes, there will be a time I do have to talk about it in the offseason," Fielder said. "But it's not about me."
Fielder's final appearance in Milwaukee last year looked like a goodbye to the player who was picked by the organization in the first round of the 2002 amateur draft and became the youngest player in the majors to hit 50 home runs in 2007.
"That experience helped me with this year," Fielder said of the ovation. "I for sure thought I was gone. It helps this year because you don't know what's going to happen. People can say all they want, but we don't know what's going to happen."
This spring, the slugger has bounced around from field to field, spent significant time signing autographs with fans milling around Maryvale Baseball Park and has even been belting out a little Ke$ha 'We R Who We R' in the clubhouse.
He's a long way from a pop princess or a prima donna after signing a $15.5 million, one-year contract to avoid arbitration for the final time.
New Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is impressed with just how much Fielder truly seems to enjoy himself and his teammates when he's on the field.
"When we're out at practice, he's vocal, he laughs, and I thought he was more serious because I know they tell me he plays hard," the manager said. "He's been unbelievable. When I had him in here, he has a good personality and he enjoys himself."
Roenicke said while he got to know Fielder's father, Cecil, in the past, the only thing he really knew about Prince was that he was a hard-nosed, serious player. Fielder's infectious attitude has been a pleasant surprise.
Then there's the other side to Fielder -- the one that takes his frustration out on water coolers in the dugout and tries to confront opponents in their own clubhouses. Fielder said his experience in the majors and his two young boys are helping him keep some of that emotion from being so obvious.
"It's getting better," Fielder said. "My kids, they can't see me do that. How can I get mad at them if they're throwing helmets and I'm on TV busting up the bench? It's just not worth it. I'm trying. I'm trying to be a good teammate. I'm not trying to say I'll be perfect, but people are looking at me to be a certain way.
"I try to just make sure I'm a good teammate and I think when you worry too much about yourself you forget the big picture. I'm just trying to work on that."
The 26-year-old Fielder finally stopped worrying about his immediate future when the Brewers traded for 2009 AL Cy Young winner Zack Greinke in December and decided to hold on to their homegrown talent.
It's given a sense of continuity in the organization since everyone is on the same page, even though it's clear Milwaukee may be left with just two first-round draft picks if Fielder signs elsewhere.
"We love having Prince here. Who wouldn't love having a guy who's that talented who wants to play every inning of every game of every year as part of their team?" Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said. "We felt this year in order to win, we had to have Prince here and so he's here. We're focused on winning this year, he's focused on winning this year and that's really all we're both focused on."
Fielder's focus has never been in question even though his numbers slumped last year in the pressure of all the questions about his future. He hit a career-low .261 with 32 homers and 83 RBIs, but expects a big rebound.
"If I could write in my numbers, believe me, they'd be great every year. They'd be video game. If I'm healthy, that's all I really want," he said.
Roenicke called Fielder a few times in the offseason to talk, like he did with his other core players, and even reached out to Fielder's wife to talk to him.
"When the phone rings, I disappear," Fielder joked.
He knows exactly where to show up this season -- back in Milwaukee. The Brewers made the postseason in 2008 behind a strong pitching rotation that included CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets. They believe they've got it again with Greinke, Shaun Marcum and Yovani Gallardo.
"It's exciting. It makes me work a little harder. Good stuff is about to happen, so you want to be prepared for when it comes," Fielder said. "It keeps me on my toes, keeps me hungry to go out there and keep being the best I can, man."