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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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Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: December 20, 2011 3:03 pm

Don't count out Rangers on Fielder

Well...let's see....if we sign Darvish and Fielder....won't that put us ahead once again of our chief rival the Angels?  And given that Darvish is 25 and Fielder is 27, I think we're much better off with the younger players.  CJ's a good pitcher, but he's on the wrong side of 30 and Pujols, even though he'll continue to be a formidable player for a few more years, he's on the wrong side of 30 too.  It would be to all the delight of Ranger fans here if they could sign Fielder (I hope signing Darvish is a given) and basically "one up" the Angels.  Then all we have to do is lock up our core guys with say 3 to 4 year contracts (Young might be a 1 or 2 year deal) and we've got the makings of what the Angels did for so many years before 2010. (one WS title though...hopefully we'll have more).  Nolan and JD know what they're doing and here's to many years of continued success!  GO RANGERS!!!!

Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:28 pm

Don't count out Rangers on Fielder

Granted, at age 26, Prince Fielder is entering his prime years for productivity. At least that's true of most ball players. Still, I can't help but wonder how many years of All-Star, leadership numbers are housed in a 5'11", 275-pound body? Shaquille O'Neal certainly played a number of years in the NBA, though he missed a LOT of games over the course of his career. Yao Ming is a more obvious example of bigger wasn't better.

I'd be leery of committing huge sums to Fielder. Sure he may be the exception, but I'm thinking around 30, at the latest, we'll see a diminished Prince in terms of offensive firepower. It may happen sooner. Carrying all the extra weight has got to be a burden, especially factoring in a season that could be as long as 140-150 games for Fielder.

To his credit, he's proven himself durable so far.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:17 pm

Don't count out Rangers on Fielder

Yeah, because we have shortage of idiots at the ballpark.  Lets get some of these Occupy characters out there so we can meet our "stupid" quota.

Baseball is a family outing.  It is the least expensive major professional sport to take your family.  These communist idiots try to block my family from going to a game that I have paid for, I will go midieval on their asses.

Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:34 pm

Don't count out Rangers on Fielder

"Occupy Baseball", a spin off of the great American patriots form "Occupy Wall Street"???

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