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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.

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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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Comments

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:17 am
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

@lumpoco, I agree that Wash should go. I live here, watch all the games, and his style will catch up with him. Stats dont lie and what has happened in the past 2 years are amazing things but he makes TERRIBLE lineup,pitching and defensive moves. Bats a speedy Andrus 2nd instead of leadoff, an opposite field hitter in Young 4th or 5th instead of 2nd, and leads off with a fly out/hr hitting Kinsler instead of protected by Hamilton Beltre and Cruz. I dislike Wash strongly and feel the fans here only see his antics and running in the dugout that get him on the jumbotron, and his dumb sayings that are pure ebonics(dats the way baseball go). Truly blinded by his lack of skill! I think that the talent around him just makes him look good and if the Rangers have a bad year, hopefully Mike Maddux gets a bump up



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2012 7:59 pm
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

Sorry, my last line should have read, "By the way, do you still consider Cole Hamels a mediocre pitcher (as you did not too far back)?"  Unlike you, I'm always glad to correct my mistakes, even if they're only typos.

By the way, around the same time you were calling Hamels mediocre, you were also bragging that you'd never heard of LeSean McCoy.  Still the case?




Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2012 7:51 pm
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

Please, chumpoco, stop it. They're not going to fire a manager whose team has won the American League pennant the last two years. And, whatever may have been the case when Teixeira was last there years ago, a team that's won the last two pennants can hardly be described as "pathetic".

By the way, do you still consider Cole Hamels a mediocre pitche (as you did not too far back)?




Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2012 6:06 pm
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

Fielder demands to play on a winning team. He has played for the hapless Brewers all his life and he wants to play fort a winner. The Rangers are not that. The Rangers got pawned into oblivion in two consecutive World Series appearances. Ron Washingon's inept managing style makes Bob Geren look like Sparky Anderson. The Rangers need to fire Washington...he is not a competent manager. He has not shown it after being on the job for 4 years. The guy doesn't know what to do in the playoffs....when it matters most. He is also very stubborn. He insuled Mark Texeieira by batting him 8th or 9th. Dude! You never do that to the best player on your pathetic team!



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 5:48 pm
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

Hasn't Boras gone through negotiations with his other clients before?
It's as if this whole negotiations thing is brand new to him.




Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 4:11 pm
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

Prince Fielder has basically said that he expects a similar if not higher priced contract then Albert Pujols.  Will probably take a last minute deal before the season begins for him to lower his expectations if he's even willing to let go of the egotism a bit, heh..






Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2012 2:22 pm
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

"Hard to say," Ryan said. "Because they've never made a firm proposal to us.
Well, Nolan, maybe they're waiting for you to make one?

Of course there's no rule that says that one side or the other has to be the first to make an offer.  Each side would love to get the other to bid against itself.  That kind of posturing probably does happen more often in a situation like this one, where there's not much competition on either side.



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 2:12 pm
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

Is everyone in the media gonna cry if Fielder doesnt go to the Rangers.  Theres a story about Prince and the Rangers everyday I feel like there will be a huge dissapointment if he goes elsewhere.



Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:52 pm
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

Well I think that it should go the other way around....where the team offers a contract - then they work off that proposal.  I maybe wrong.  Maybe because he's a big boy.  Maybe they are all on steroids?...including Ryan?  Seems like they were all doing something?  If you want somebody you let them know....you don't treat them like a whore.  Are the Rangers being cheap?  ANYWAY whatever they do the Rangers are not likey to return to the World Series.  There are 4 teams in the AL that got stronger with the math that was done.




Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:38 pm
 

Ryan: Rangers unsure of Fielder's demands

My sources tell me that a major sticking point with Prince during negotiations is what he believes is an inadequately sized clubhouse buffet. He would also like a sundae station comparable to Golden Corral's.


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