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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.


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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Since: Feb 14, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:26 pm

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

"Stupidist" is not a word.

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 8:08 pm

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

I'd pay a guy $25 mil per x 10 for no World or League Championships, no MVP's, 38 HR's a year and 129 K's per year that has zero range, wouldn't you? 

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 7:30 pm

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

The Rangers will extend Hamilton and wont sign Fielder. 

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 6:14 pm

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

I disagree that Boras is a bad negotiator.  The fact is that he typically gets his players more than they expected.  The problem is that he has a lot of other teams that will open their wallet for them so Texax may be hardlined but Fielder will get his pay day.  I hate to say it but he is the best one in the league for getting the highest dollar.  This is why the MLB needs a salary cap!!

I watch Boston and NY do this crap all the time and simply buy players and huge contracts (I'm a Red Sox fan).  If they had to even think about what they need to buy if there were a cap in place Theo Epstein would be clueless (not in Boston anymore but he was clueless while here).

I love what the Rangers are doing and Nolan is in my top 3 for players!  My second favorite team and always has been.
If Fielder has a brain he will go to the Rangers and he will get a World Series Ring.  He will also get a boat load of money but may miss out on a couple of million - no tears here.

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 6:04 pm

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

First problem for former Brewers star Prince Fielder is his agent...Scott Boras. He's not a super agent...he's just a bad negotiator. The Rangers like to deal stright with agents and players, no games. Nolan Ryan knows what he's doing, and if Fielder is up front with them, then a deal might get done. The guy wants to play on a winning team, and the Orioles aren't can make a lot of money, but never be in the playoffs, so what's the point.

Since: Jul 10, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 5:45 pm

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

Please dont say Orioles the guy wants to win.

Since: Nov 5, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 5:33 pm

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

The Brewers are already $10M in payroll over where they want to be. Fielder would be impossible w/o trading a couple of their higher paid people (Weeks-Hart-Greinke) to clear payroll.

Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 5:12 pm

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

Where did you read that Angelos said to sign him no matter the cost?  I haven't read that anywhere in the news.  I would like it to be true but you would have to post the link.

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 4:53 pm

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

I couldn't agree more!  Theo Epstein was that for the Sox with a loose wallet and inconsistent direction.  Please don't even post that he gave us the players for the championships.

This is the continued problem for the MLB where big franchise teams can simply toss money for a player - it is ridiculous.  I'm from Boston and I hate it - the Sox, Yankees and others should not be allowed to simply buy players.  The rest of the league becomes a signing pool for them.  There are creative ways of working around this but it DOES NOT LAST.  You have a fluke World Series win by a team that came together but overall the top money teams are pounding the bottom of the order.

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 4:45 pm

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

I agree that it's going to be the Orioles. Besides what others have mentioned about Baltimore having the money to spend the one thing that Boras has mentioned that really fits is the fact that Fielder's presence will ligitimize a down franchise. Fielder is a great clubhouse presence and the Orioles know they need one badly. Boras was right when he said Prince will attract other quality free agents and that is worth the Orioles paying whatever necessary. I've also read that Angelos told his staff to sign Fielder no matter what it takes.

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