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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: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Don't count out Rangers on Fielder

I don't think the Rangers will sign Fielder for over $200mil since they put up $51.7 mil for Darvish plus he want $75mil



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 4:46 pm
 

Don't count out Rangers on Fielder

Fielder will not go to the Cubs for several reasons. First, the Cubs are not going to be contenders for a few years because their pitching is not very good. Fielder doesn’t help there. Next, having Fielder would block any first base prospect the Cubs have from developing, and Theo stated he wouldn’t do that.

Next, the Cubs said they aren’t interested in him; if the Cubs wanted him he would be signed by now. Next, Scott Boras is the agent, and wants Fielder to get a long term contract, which the Cubs will not do.

Finally, it makes most sense to Fielder to be a DH. He stinks defensively and he knows it. There is no reason on earth why Fielder will be a Cub, it just won’t happen. Forget it.




Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 4:33 pm
 

Don't count out Rangers on Fielder

another reason I wanted my Blue Jays to get Darvish, entice Fielder to come to Toronto.  Ive said since the beginning that if you were Prince and took a look around the Rangers would be the best fit for him, they have a need at 1st, and he can DH and probably get that 10 year contract.  However, Prince finally got big Albert off his back, does he really want to be in the same division with him again.  If he wants to win, and continue to win, he might want to consider going back to the Brewers, the division has gotten weaker, and with Aramis, and Gonzalez thee team is better. but does Milwaukee have the money???  ....and the Orioles??? and Mariners????...if Prince wants to win or is it about the Max contract, he has to consider that.  That being said, come to Toronto, we will eliminate all presence of Cecil from any pictures or team records, that should make him happy!



Since: Jul 31, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 4:32 pm
 

Don't count out Rangers on Fielder

really to terrible? the cubs are a great team for him then. i mean there always playing in october(golf not baseball) so yeah that makes sense.



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 4:27 pm
 

Don't count out Rangers on Fielder

I would think only the Rangers or Cubs could land Prince Fielder.  The other teams mentioned in the article: Mariners, Nationals, Orioles, Marlins and Brewers are likely too cheap or too terrible to land such a prized free agent. 

Is Yu Darvish really a sure thing?  To date, the results of recruiting highly touted Japanese import pitchers have been mixed-to-bad, with Hideo Nomo and Koji Uehara being the best.  There's no way Texas can be so stupid as to think they're done bolstering their pitching corps.



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 4:16 pm
 

Don't count out Rangers on Fielder

He'll be a Brewer. The only team i see him signing with is the Marlins and its way to hot for his fat a$$ in the summer there.



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 4:04 pm
 

Don't count out Rangers on Fielder

Actually, the Tribune is reporting the Cubs aren't even in discussions with Fielder.



Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:46 pm
 

Don't count out Rangers on Fielder

Fielder close to signing with Cubs via chi tribune



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:34 pm
 

Don't count out Rangers on Fielder

I think Texas will sign Fielder. He’d love it there, he can DH or not, and I think it would show the other players Texas wants to sign that the Texas front office means business. Frankly I think he would just about cinch a WS.

As far as his weight goes, he seems quite able to handle it. Other players like Sabathia handle it well; also Prince is a vegetarian, which tells me he eats healthy. He has missed virtually no time to injuries in 6 years in the majors. I don’t picture him slowing down in Texas, especially if he DHs (which he should).




Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Don't count out Rangers on Fielder

Shut up.


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