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Fielder in Texas meeting with Rangers

Posted on: January 13, 2012 4:58 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 5:44 pm
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Prince Fielder

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Rangers are meeting Friday with Prince Fielder at a Dallas-area hotel, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweeted and CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman confirms. Heyman, though, notes not to read too much into the meeting, that the Rangers the first stop on the Princeapalooza Tour 2012 -- with future stops left in as many as three more cities.

Prince Fielder

Fielder's the last big free-agent name on the market, and the Rangers could use a first baseman, making them a perfect match. O course, there could be the matter of the money and length of contract, but on the field, it would be hard not to see a match made in heaven between Fielder and Texas. Not that this meeting means anything is happening right now, but the Rangers are thinking about the possibility, it seems.

The Rangers currently have Mitch Moreland playing first right now, and saying Fielder would be an upgrade is an understatement. Moreland's a decent player. The 26-year-old hit .259/.320/.414 with 16 homers in 512 plate appearances, which is hardly middle-of-the-order stuff, but the Rangers didn't need a middle-of-the-order guy at first base. Fielder at first base, though, would make the potent Rangers lineup that much more potent.

The Angels' signings of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson has made Los Angeles a favorite in some quarters. If the Rangers could sign Fielder and Yu Darvish, it would be tough to pick even the improved Angels over the Rangers as a pre-season favorite in the AL West.

However, the meeting could be a mirage of some sort. If the Rangers don't want to spend the money for Fielder, they could be posturing as a negotiation tactic as the deadline for signing Darvish nears. Many have seen Fielder as a backup plan for Darvish for Texas. Without spending for Darvish, Texas could afford to shell out the big bucks for Fielder. Rangers officials have told people they can't afford both Darvish and Fielder, but there have been bigger surprises before.

It could also be posturing on the part of Fielder and agent Scott Boras to show the Nationals that Fielder has other suitors other than Washington.

Whatever happens, someone will have Fielder come spring training and that team will be better than they were before inking the first baseman.

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Comments

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:11 pm
 

Fielder in Texas meeting with Rangers

Whay would Prince Fielder want to play in the National League. He's perfect for the Al and the ballpark at Arlington would make him a perfect fit for the Rangers and he could be a part time DH. Save his legs and his career. The Brewers aren't paying him and I don't see the Cardinals in the mix, but who knows. He would hat being with the Nationals. The Rangers stadium is perfect for him...he'd have great stats...maybe even HOF caliber.



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2012 8:47 am
 

Fielder in Texas meeting with Rangers

Fielder will sign before February rolls around. I'm guessing the Cubs or Cardinals will make last second offer and will end up there.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 6:11 pm
 

Fielder in Texas meeting with Rangers

Right now I just likr Fielder sign with someone



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 6:01 pm
 

Fielder in Texas meeting with Rangers

An AL team makes more sense if your worried about his weight on an 8 year deal, 5 year at first with 3 at the DH position.



Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 5:18 pm
 

Fielder in Texas meeting with Rangers

While the Miami Marlins have played down interest in Fielder, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria was among the small handful of others owners who chatted with Boras.

The market for Fielder has been slow to develop, which Boras has attributed to the logistical issues of negotiating in person with ownership groups. Many teams have been hesitant to give Fielder the length of contract he seeks – between eight and 10 years – because of concerns about how a player with his burly frame (5-11, 275 pounds) will age.

But Fielder has credentials few free agents in recent memory can match, starting with his age – he’s only 27, meaning even an eight-year deal would take him to 35 years old. He’s hit 230 home runs, including 38 last year. Twice, Fielder has finished a season with an OPS over 1.000. Three times, he has finished in the top four in MVP balloting. He is one of the best sluggers in baseball, and his age suggests he is only entering his prime.

That is why the Miami Marlins should sign him.




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