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Ryan calls meeting with Fielder 'preliminary'

Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:01 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2012 1:02 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Rangers met with Prince Fielder on Friday, but team president Nolan Ryan told fans at the team's FanFest on Saturday that the meeting was a "preliminary." He also said he expects the team to sign Yu Darvish before Wednesday's deadline.

From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
"We met with Prince yesterday, and our mindset is that we're constantly trying to improve the ballclub. We look at any opportunity to do that that we have. We met with Prince yesterday and his agent, Scott Boras, to try to get a true feel for where they are at this point in time in his free agency to try to see if we thought there might be something there that works for the Texas Rangers. It was very preliminary, and it's very early in any type of negotiation process to even say if there's anything that's going to come of that our not. So, it was an initial meeting that we had."
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Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 2:11 pm

Ryan calls meeting with Fielder 'preliminary'

This is the best place for him, but he will have to take a smaller contract to play in Texas, especially if the Rangers do sign Darvish.  I think if Prince and Boras are sticking to their guns about a longer contract, only AL teams will be in play. Iv'e said from the beginning if your Prince and you look around at the best scenario of where to go to win and who needs a first baseman, Texas is it, followed by Toronto, it just depends on what Prince is willing to settle for cause he's not getting that Pujols contract.

Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 10:47 am

Ryan calls meeting with Fielder 'preliminary'

 If the Rangers don't sign him I see him possibly going back to the Brewers for a year....then getting rid of Boras. He''l try free agency again next year. Boras has filled his head with grandious expectations and he will be let down. A 3 to 4 year deal seems to be what teams want to offer because of his girth and the potential injuries that may arise. I can't see him going to the Orioles because they are a losing team. Why go from a winner to a loser. I find it comical that he hasn't been signed yet. I think teams are very tired of Boras and his antics.

Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 8:28 am

Ryan calls meeting with Fielder 'preliminary'

I find it awfully strange that Prince Fielder,one of the most sought after free agents on the market has still not come to any type of an agreement with any team.I suspect the reason for this is that his agent Scott Boras has been asking for a price much too high for even the best of First Basemen.Earlier in the free agent signing period I heard several teams being mentioned in connection with Fielder but nothing to be confirmed.The last rumor aside from the Rangers that I'd heard about was the Washington Nationals being interested in negotiating for Fielder's services,however the Nationals front office responded to by saying they were already set at First Base with Adam LaRoche,who was the Nationals 1B last season when he was healthy

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:23 am

Ryan calls meeting with Fielder 'preliminary'

I can't see the Rangers giving Fielder an 8- or 10-year deal. But what about what's Buster Olney tweeted earlier today? He said an MLB executive figures that the Rangers, Cubs or Nationals want a contract structure of six years with an opt-out after three years at $22 to $24 million a year. That kind of deal does seem like it could make it easier for the Rangers to afford both.

But let's say Fielder is willing to take such a deal. Is that the end of a long-term contract possibility with Josh Hamilton? It would appear that way, wouldn't it?

Hamilton's contract is a very difficult one. When healthy, there a few players who make a greater impact that Hamilton. He does it in the field, on the bases and in the lineup. He's the 2010 AL MVP for a reason and, if you'll remember, won that despite missing the final month of the season. But with his injury history and the fact that he's 30 years old, how many years should the club be willing to go? If he stays healthy and plays at his usual high level in 2012, he's going to increase his value even more.

If it was a six-year deal that could get Fielder to Texas, would you want six years of Fielder, who turns 28 in May, or six years of Hamilton? That's probably the decision that faces Texas if they get to a point where they feel like they want to sign Fielder.

Fielder would still give them that big left-handed presence in the middle of the lineup and a solid, power hitter at first base with a track record for the first time since ark Texeira was traded. But if it means waving goodbye to Hamilton, do you do it? You would lose a key part of your outfield and a career .308 hitter with a .583 slugging percentage.

Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 11:28 pm

Ryan calls meeting with Fielder 'preliminary'

he's a DH, who clogs the bases
you realize that speed is one of the less important aspects of the game right? This isn't little league. It isn't as though he is running around aimlessly out there and making outs on the basepaths that "good baserunners" would not. Speed out of a 3 or 4 hitter is rare, and not needed. You need a guy who doesn't make many outs, gets on base, and has a good OPS (meaning he drives the ball - HRs, doubles)

and no, he has not gotten hurt yet

so do you have some sort of crystal ball or something? Guess how many position players played 162 games this year...go ahead guess.



but how many fat players are productive in their 30's? (besides pitchers)

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1.) he is 28, almost every major league hitter in the HISTORY OF BASEBALL has their "prime years" between 27-33, that is statistically, over 100 years of data, been the best 5-6 years of a players production...and he is at the low end of those years. So even if he breaks down earlier than he is supposed to, you will still more than likely get 3-4 years of a great hitter. You or myself can not predict the future, so the only thing to go off of is the 100 years of baseball data, that proves this is the time to sign a guy

2.) Second reason this comment is dumb...

there have been PLENTY of fat hitters who have had great years in their 30's, ill save you the embarrassment of making a list.

fact is, any guy who can rake the way this guy can, and be a top hitter, is going to age just fine (barring injury, which you can not predict)

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Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2012 11:03 pm

Ryan calls meeting with Fielder 'preliminary'

he's already a DH, although Boros is probably proclaiming him to be one of the top fielding 1st basemen in either league. The fact that he has not signed yet is an indicator that many teams will not deal with a Boros client, who generally gets 25% more than the already inflated salaries of players, because some boob owner will agree with his outlandish demands (remember ARod's contract with Texas? Boros had the Rangers bidding against themselves, paying 15 million more than they had to). Anywhoo, he's a DH, who clogs the bases, and no, he has not gotten hurt yet, but how many fat players are productive in their 30's? (besides pitchers)

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2012 11:01 pm

Ryan calls meeting with Fielder 'preliminary'

  I would not bank on the St.Louis thing because I live in ST.L  and there has not been a peep about Princess here.

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2012 10:55 pm

Ryan calls meeting with Fielder 'preliminary'

I hope the Rangers do end up getting  PRINCESS .

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2012 10:27 pm

Ryan calls meeting with Fielder 'preliminary'

I still feel St louis will sneak in at the last second with the money that would have gone to Pujols to snatch up Fielder

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2012 10:26 pm

Ryan calls meeting with Fielder 'preliminary'

Fielder would be a perfect fit in Texas

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