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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: May 2, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 12:39 pm

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

I completely agree with the first post.  Thats exactly what Prince should do. But he needs to resign with the Brewers for $25 for one year since were going to be w/o Braun for 50 games....maybe he'll get what he has earned from the Brewers but we need him for at least one more year to make any reality out of the team we have.  The owner of the Brewers can afford it...but just like all the owners their business men first and they have to put the money in their pocket first and then everyone elses

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 12:13 pm

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

The mutual interest for Fielder to sign a long-term contract just isnt there this offseason.  The Nationals and Mariners want him, but he doesn't want them.  It sounds like he wants the Rangers, but they are not going to give him an 8-10 year contract, and I don't blame them.  Being only 27 years old, Fielder will sign a contract for 3-5 years and go at it again at that point, in which he may be able to capitalize on more teams and interest.  However, with his weight and physical build, I have concerns about how well he will hold-up after the age of 30. 

Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 12:08 pm

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

Why would the Rangers rather sign Hamilton than Fielder? Hamilton is older, more injury probe, and given his personal history, it wouldn't be surprising if his game started to go downhill rapidly in the near future. He gets on base more often and is generally a better hitter but Fielder has more power. I understand loyalty to players who have overcome a lot of obstacles, but would anyone here give a Jayson Werth type contract (similar age as a FA, but Hamilton's numbers are way better) to Josh Hamilton?

Since: May 19, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:45 am

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

I have no idea what you said....I think a 4-year-old could have written that better.

Since: May 5, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:27 am

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

If the price is doable, I would take Fielder over Hamilton in the long term.  He is younger, less baggage and less injury prone.  I love having Josh on the team but he is a much higher risk than Prince. 

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:23 am

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

sounds to me like the rangers are putting quite a team together. at least on paper. one thing i have noticed over the years is when a team looks they are asupoer team. what they have done is ammass a teionship. a couple of the players mighthave a downyear. at least one player with the great contract will relax a bit. say ahh i finally got the great contract rlax and have a bad year. then a key player will get hurt. then i the playoffs theymwill be unlucky. basebal is a game of inches. and they will lose.

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:23 am

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

What if Fielder pulls a Ryan Madsen and signs a one year "pillow contract" deal, as Scott Boras so eloquently put it. I wouldn't be the least bit shocked to see Prince sign a one or two year deal worth about 27-28 million annually. It's obvious they aren't going to get what they initially sought out for this offseason, and I don't see there being many teams to even come close to matching Ryan Howard's deal, let alone Pujols'. 

Well done Boras, looks like all that talking you've done has really paid off for ol' Prince. If I'm Fielder I'd sign a one year deal, fire Boras, and go for it again next off season. 

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