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Don't count out Rangers on Fielder

Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:11 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2011 2:20 pm
 
So now that the Rangers have bid $51.7 million on Yu Darvish, they have to be out of the Prince Fielder sweepstakes, right?

Not necessarily.

The Rangers have always seemed on the periphery of the Fielder derby, but they still appear to be eyeing the top remaining free agent even after winning the Darvish auction and presumably targeting at least $100 million, and likely more, for the star 25-year-old right-handed pitcher from the Nippon Ham Fighters.

Texas is a threat to win Fielder, too, provided that the Rangers are willing to make the financial commitment it would take, as it is a desirable landing spot with an already stacked lineup and fine hitting ballpark.

Texas had baseball’s third most productive offense last year, but would threaten to possess baseball’s best lineup with Fielder in it. The Fielder pursuit has been pretty quiet, but other teams believed to have some interest in Fielder include the Mariners, Nationals, Cubs, Orioles, Marlins and incumbent Brewers.

The Rangers have always liked Fielder, and it’s not known whether their interest has actually increased in response to the chief rival Angels landing superstar Albert Pujols and frontline pitcher C.J. Wilson, the ex-Ranger. The Angels’ two huge purchases, which occurred the same day at the Winter Meetings, surprised the Rangers and most of baseball and gave Los Angeles of Anaheim a resounding early offseason victory at a cost of $332.5 million.

Word is, Darvish is seeking a deal for about $75 million over five years, which would be on top of the $51.7 million posting fee Texas would be required to pay the Fighters should they sign him, as expected. If they were to pay Fielder, say $206 million, they’d top the Angels in expense for their two players.

The Rangers were not interested in Pujols but do like Fielder because he is only 27 years old and would fit into their star-studded lineup.  Texas is also trying to lock up several of their own stars, including Derek Holland, Ian Kinsler and Josh Hamilton.

Signing Fielder would also give the Rangers some middle-of-the-order insurance against the possibility of losing Hamilton, who is eligible for free agency after next year. While the Rangers want to keep Hamilton, they want to do it with a shorter contract than he will likely want.

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Comments

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 7:37 am
 

Don't count out Rangers on Fielder

 

Prince Fielders bat wouldn't hurt .
I just hope Berkman can put up the numbers he did last year. 



Since: Oct 2, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 7:14 am
 

Don't count out Rangers on Fielder

Athletic Feet...... I was hoping the Cards wouldn't go after Fielder. They already have an all-star first baseman in Berkman. I'd like to see them go after a top flight outfielder and a closer. They do that, and I think they have a good chance of having the same type year as last.



Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 6:28 am
 

Don't count out Rangers on Fielder

I don't understand why the Cardinals don't try to get him.
It;s not like they don't have the money. 



Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:53 pm
 

Don't count out Rangers on Fielder

It's nice to see other teams getting aggressive and wanting to win, great for October baseball.  At some point you have to spend some serious money on payroll if you expect to get the big prize.  Fielder would be a great fit in that Ranger lineup but not at the price Boras is asking, the teams with the huge payrolls are not in this so wait a while until the number comes down and it will.  No Yankees, No Red Sox, No Angels no $200 million.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 7:39 pm
 

Don't count out Rangers on Fielder

Hamilton will be a Yankee or Red Sock next year, Rangers will sign Fielder. Lineup will be loaded next year but after that there are ???, Does Kinsler resign? What about Young? If the Rangers don't win it all this year then what? We will have to see. Too bad Moreland didn't step up. 



Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 5:39 pm
 

Don't count out Rangers on Fielder

I hope you are right, Jon Heyman.  If the Texas Rangers were able to sign both Yu Darvish and Prince Fielder this offseason they would make another strong run in the playoffs.  Fielder would add the much needed left-handed pop to the middle of the lineup to break up the Michael Young, Adrian Beltre, Mike Napoli, Nelson Cruz thing we have going right now.  

I can only imagine:

Kinsler 2B (R)
Young DH/IF (R)
Hamilton LF/CF (L)
Beltre 3B (R)
Fielder 1B/DH (L)
Napoli C/1B (R)
Cruz RF (R)
Murphy LF/OF (L)
Andrus SS (R)

1. Holland
2. Darvish
3. Lewis
4. Feliz
5. Harrison

Bullpen: Ogando, Feldman, Adams, Nathan, etc.


Oh, not to mention Jon Daniels and Nolan Ryan making the right moves in the FO :)



Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 5:37 pm
 

Don't count out Rangers on Fielder

I hope you are right, Jon Heyman.  If the Texas Rangers were able to sign both Yu Darvish and Prince Fielder this offseason they would make another strong run in the playoffs.  Fielder would add the much needed left-handed pop to the middle of the lineup to break up the Michael Young, Adrian Beltre, Mike Napoli, Nelson Cruz thing we have going right now.  

I can only imagine:

Kinsler 2B (R)
Young DH/IF (R)
Hamilton LF/CF (L)
Beltre 3B (R)
Fielder 1B/DH (L)
Napoli C/1B (R)
Cruz RF (R)
Murphy LF/OF (L)
Andrus SS (R)

1. Holland
2. Darvish
3. Lewis
4. Feliz
5. Harrison

Bullpen: Ogando, Feldman, Adams, Nathan, etc.




Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 5:30 pm
 

Don't count out Rangers on Fielder

LET'S GO RANGERS!!!

Welcome to Texas, Yu.  In Nolan and JD we trust.

Prince would be icing on the cake at this point.  Our lineup is already stacked. 

1. Kinsler
2. Young
3. Hamilton
4. Fielder
5. Beltre
6. Cruz
7. Napoli
8. Murphy
9. Andrus

Sheesh.  But we all know pitching is what wins.  Put Ogando and Feldman back in the pen.

No Buffalo Bills here - the 3rd time would definitely be the charm.

and we are built for many years to come.

HELLO WIN COLUMN!!!



Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 5:21 pm
 

Don't count out Rangers on Fielder

At 25 year old Darvish is a better gamble at this point than CJ Wilson and the Ranger were the last team I wanted to get him. The Ranger are looking real strong with decent pitching and a beastly lineup. If they somehow sign Fielder they would be the best team in the AL easy. I am one of the people who think Yu Darvish is going to buck the trend of under performing Japanese pitchers. I think he's very likely to win the AL rookie of the year award. Now just have to pray they don't land Fielder, maybe the Blue Jays will spend the money they were going to spend on Darvish to sign Fielder for the sake of the rest of the League.



Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Don't count out Rangers on Fielder

It is difficult to detemine which franchises can afford a player such as Fielder unless you are familiar with their local cable television contract or prospects to form a Regional Sports Network (RSN). Teams are either forming RSNs with other local NBA, NHL, and MSL teams which leads to a huge increase in revenue or using the threat of forming an RSN to leverage a better deal from the incumbent local sports network. The Angels and Rangers recently negotiated huge television contracts that put them in position to sign Pujols, Wilson, and possibly Darvish. Baseball seems headed to another jump in overall payroll averages as more teams negotiate these new deals. Don't count out the Mariners because Ichiro's deal is over next year and they have an upcoming opportunity to opt out of their current television contract. 


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