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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: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:04 am
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

if fielder wants a ring, come sign w/ the cardinals for 3-5 year deal....we will give u 20+ million a year and there is a opening at 1st base.



Since: Jul 7, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:22 am
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

I can't believe an NL team is going to sign him to anything longer than 3 years.  This guy has DH written all over him......and that's a really BIG D and H.  His defense isn't great and it's only going to get worse.  If he wants a long term contract it has to be Rangers or Mariners since they're the only ones talking.



Since: Jun 8, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:04 am
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

i no the rangers needed a pitcher to replace c j wilson but he aint no prince fielder espically he can hit bout 50 homeruns at our ball park easily i no darvish will be good pitch one day but he aint prince
Dumbasses!   Only a Texas Longhorn could have "espoused" so eloquently.  Probably a Valedictorian at that.



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:58 pm
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

It's good to here from a fellow SMU graduate.  What year?
Really?  Y'all are kidding, right?



Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:57 pm
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

i no the rangers needed a pitcher to replace c j wilson but he aint no prince fielder espically he can hit bout 50 homeruns at our ball park easily i no darvish will be good pitch one day but he aint prince
It's good to here from a fellow SMU graduate.  What year?











Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:55 pm
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

i no the rangers needed a pitcher to replace c j wilson but he aint no prince fielder espically he can hit bout 50 homeruns at our ball park easily i no darvish will be good pitch one day but he aint prince



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:53 pm
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

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
Nolan, get on the phone and get that manipulative *** of a ***** Scot Boras to tell you what he and Prince Fielder want.  And remember that Satan, 'er Mr. Boras, is the same evil genius that had the Dodgers bamboozled and bidding against themselves for Kevin Brown back in '99.



(It's too bad that none of these "Professional Baseball Men" have the huevos to just not pay for these guys.  But I guess if they all got smart at the same time, that would be "collusion", wouldn't it?)

Embarassed



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:08 pm
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

Ask Ryan Madson if he thinks Boras is a good negotiator. He turned down 4 yrs/$44 million with the Phils and instead got him 1 yr for $8.5 million with the Reds.

Fielder needs to tall Boras right now to take the 5 year plus 2 yr dual option at $25 mil that the Nats are offering him.  At age 33 he can opt out and get himself another excellent 5-6 year last contract with an A.L. team.



Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:56 pm
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

Prince belongs in Washington. Rizzo and Boras have shown an ability to get deals done. If the Nats can sign Prince they are a CF and starting pitcher away from contending and not just for next season but the next 5. Texas has no problems scoring runs but they do have issues getting people out. If they have money it would be better spent on pitching. If they need a 1B the Nats would be more than happy to send LaRoach once Prince is onboard.



Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:30 pm
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

I would like to think the Rangers are using their best poker face with Fielder's market situation dwindling. I hear them saying they would rather have Hamilton but signing Josh to a long term contract just isn't a good business move. Josh Hamilton is a great player but also a constant injury risk and also requires a caddy(no golf clubs tho). The Rangers are the most desirable team left to give Prince a chance to win and hopefully this will give them leverage to get a reasonable deal done. And maybe jus maybe another team will make Josh an offer the Rangers can't match based on all the money they spent on Yu and Prince...


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