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Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:02 am
Edited on: January 21, 2012 1:46 pm
 
Prince Fielder

By C. Trent Rosecrans


Prince Fielder is still a free agent, but it may be because Fielder and agent Scott Boras haven't told anyone exactly what they're looking to get in a new contract.

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Rangers president Nolan Ryan said he doesn't know what it would take to sign Fielder, despite having meetings with the slugger and the superagent. Speaking to ESPN Dallas 103.3 (via the Washington Times), Ryan said he didn't know what it'd take to sign Fielder.

"Hard to say," Ryan said. "Because they've never made a firm proposal to us. They talk in generalities and numbers and other people's contracts, and so you can speculate what it is. One time they're talking eight years, one time they're talking 10 years, one time they're talking about a contract bigger than Ryan Howard's in Philadelphia."

Howard signed a five-year, $135 million extension in 2010 that begins in the 2012 season. Howard's contract will pay him $20 million in the next two seasons and $25 million in the last three with a $23 million club option  for 2017 with a $10 million buyout. Fielder, though, is five years younger than Howard.

There's also Albert Pujols' megadeal out there as well for comparison. Pujols signed a 10-year deal worth $240 million.

Another member of the Rangers' brass, co-chairman of the board Bob Simpson, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the Rangers aren't necessarily out of the bidding for Fielder, but would need Fielder's price to come down and accept a backloaded deal.

"If they come around to something we can do, we'll take a look at it," Simpson told the newspaper.

However, Simpson told reporters (via the Star-Telegram) that the team would rather re-sign Josh Hamilton than Fielder. Hamilton is a free agent after the season. Simpson said it's unlikely the team could afford both.

"My personal preference, at this moment, would be to re-sign him instead of having Fielder. But we could all debate that," Simpson said. "The organization has its feelings. Everybody dreams about having both. Sometimes you can’t have both at some level. If they came around to something we’d do, we’d look at him. But we don’t think it’s likely."

The Nationals and Rangers are the teams most often linked to Fielder, but don't be surprised if a "mystery team" gets involved -- and remember the "mystery team" has a pretty good track record the last two seasons, signing both Cliff Lee and Pujols.

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Comments

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:29 pm
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands?

No wonder why not team has showed serious interest in the guy.




Since: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:01 pm
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

id like to see the tigers grab him,they just lost
there bigbat for the yr,ahhh,whats his name
they have so many,ahhh, well,u no what i mean
he would look great in detroit.,and mr.illitch can afford
him to.1 of the ups to this is he can have all the pizza
he wants,hek,he would probably get a franchise.



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:55 am
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

The only way Fielder get a long term contract is in the AL. He might still be young but he's seriously overweight and that's going to knock time off of his career that can only be made up on DH. No way he can play first that big for a long time.



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:39 am
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

Dude is the fatest vegetarian I've ever seen.  Anyone who gives him a deal longer than 5 years will be kicking themselves once his body breaks down and he can't even trot down to first.  An AL team giving a longterm deal makes more sense b/c of the DH just like the Pujols deal...which was crazy 



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 8:33 am
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

Doesn't matter who gets him. He isn't going to last more than 3 years anyway. His weight will always be an issue and in 3-5 years time, it'll hinder his career(see cecil fielder). This is why Bori$ is trying to get the long term deal.



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 6:13 am
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

The man does his job well. Or, did you imagine that he was working for your interests? 

He is ruining baseball by holding teams hostage with money... He is "great for those players" but terrible for baseball and fans because he causes teams to jack ticket prices and ew as fans get screwed!



Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 4:52 am
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

give us the prince now!!!!!



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2012 2:34 am
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

" Does anyone else think that if Scott Boras wasn't his agent that Fielder would be signed by a club by now? "  --redseat

The man does his job well. Or, did you imagine that he was working for your interests? 



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:46 am
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

Does anyone else think that if Scott Boras wasn't his agent that Fielder would be signed by a club by now?



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:09 am
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

Solid power hitter but 10 years is just a stupid length deal for this guy.  6-7 year, $20 mil per year deal would be fair.  Of course since Bora$ is his agent, I expect some team to become the victim of robbery before April.


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