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Rangers meeting with Prince Fielder in Dallas

Jan 13, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

Most of the recent reports about Prince Fielder center around various teams not being interested in paying his asking price, but now Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Rangers are meeting with the free agent first baseman at a Dallas hotel today.

That doesn’t necessarily mean a deal is close, but clearly the Rangers’ interest in Fielder is legitimate.

And at this point it’s hard to say that with confidence about any other teams, although the Nationals, Cubs, Blue Jays, Mariners, and Orioles have been linked to Fielder at various times this offseason.

Fielder to Texas would make plenty of sense, because thanks to their new television contract the Rangers have tons of money to spend even if they sign Yu Darvish to a massive deal and they’ve seemingly soured somewhat on Mitch Moreland as the long-term answer at first base. And of course an American League team would enable Fielder to move to designated hitter if needed at some point.

Fielder in that ballpark and in the middle of a lineup that scored 855 runs last season would be scary.

  1. bloodysock - Jan 13, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    I thought Tom Hicks sold the Rangers a couple of years ago! Deals with Boras for guys like A-Rod and Chan Ho Park are part of what bankrupted that franchise.

  2. cur68 - Jan 13, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    If Fielder’s price drops enough, this will be that “nail in the coffin” move that will earn The Rangers everyone’s pick for WS champ, 2012. Boras could easily strike a team friendly deal with the Rangers. A WS ring or 2 to go with his usual stats would make a free agent Fielder look like the next Albert Pujols Contract winner in 3 years.

    • SmackSaw - Jan 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      …’everyone’s pick’? Not mine. Therefore, your point is moot.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jan 13, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      If this happens, at some point get ready for Michael Young being crowded out of DH: “DUUUDE, What the hell man! NOW where in the effing Diamond do you want me to move to? The freakin’ Mound?!?!?!”

      • cur68 - Jan 13, 2012 at 5:36 PM

        …but with class.

      • natstowngreg - Jan 13, 2012 at 5:56 PM

        Yes, and he will prove to be a Hall of Famer as a pitcher. Definitely, better than Derek Jeter would be as a pitcher.

    • uyf1950 - Jan 13, 2012 at 5:30 PM

      Cur68 – my friend. Are those the same people that pretty much picked the Red Sox and Phillies to be the odds on favorites to play in the 2011 World Series. Because if it is, I don’t think think they deserve high grades for their picks.

      • cur68 - Jan 13, 2012 at 5:35 PM

        I meant it more of a hyperbolic statement, but I forgot my audience. The creative interpretation and re-interpretation of honest irony & innocent hyperbole available on-line is often beyond the scope of a mere mortal like myself. Suffice to say that I feel a Rangers squad featuring Fielder in its lineup won’t get too many arguments as a “team to watch”.

        I predict that the Las Vegas book makers will see it my way too.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM

        cur68 – as I write this there are 3 posters that thumbed down my previous comment. Vegas odds makers would probably agree with this also. I’d lay odds those were from either Red Sox or Phillies fans or both.

  3. SmackSaw - Jan 13, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    The Rangers make sense. They could use him. Typical of the Rangers to have to bludgeon teams to death. Their pitching is still suspect. ‘Whirling’ Darvish is an unknown, especially in Dallas around the time August arrives. Cecil’s boy is gonna lose some strength. North Texas in the dead of summer is no place for the feint of heart.

  4. SmackSaw - Jan 13, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    …oh, Prince is a much better fit in the north side of Chicago,

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 13, 2012 at 5:24 PM

      Chicago’s been abused by way too many insane contracts. We can’t even look at 9 figure deals without getting scared these days.

    • ptfu - Jan 13, 2012 at 5:32 PM

      The Cubs just traded for Anthony Rizzo, who’s supposed to be the real deal, so they don’t need Prince. I guess they could use the big guy for a year while Rizzo gets ready, but Prince surely wants a long-term deal, so that’s out. Not to mention that the Cubbies are rebuilding, and now is hardly the time to hand out a big contract. Also, see WhenMattStairsIsKing’s post.

  5. rebeljpl - Jan 13, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    As a Rangers fan I would LOVE this, but man… How will big Prince handle playing half to 2/3 of his games in the blast furnace that is Arlington come summertime?

    • royalsfaninfargo - Jan 13, 2012 at 6:17 PM

      He would probably shed some of the excess baggage. I do think he is a better fit in the AL, guys his size don’t age well in MLB and the DH option is smart.

  6. natstowngreg - Jan 13, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    So, the Rangers have the cash to sign both Darvish and Fielder. This would, in turn, make them one of the favorites to win the World Series. Never mind that, as the 2-time defending AL champions, they’re among the favorites already.

    Don’t look now, but the center of MLB overspending may be moving south and west. Perhaps, the Ghost of George Steinbrenner has inhabited Nolan Ryan.

  7. miketreedy - Jan 13, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Rangers are very smart. They could really be serious about Prince or they could be using these talks as a negotiating tool with both Darvish and Hamilton on his extension. It’s up to Hamilton how far things go with Prince. If the Rangers don’t feel they can get the terms they want with him on an extension they will need a power hitter in that lineup starting in 2013. Might as well have a year with them both.

  8. orangeflh - Jan 13, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    This is terrible news. I’m holding out hope that somehow, some way, the stars will align just right and Prince will stay “home” with the Brewers for a few more years. I even promised God I’d quit doin’ stuff that reportedly kills kittens.

  9. heyblueyoustink - Jan 13, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Well….guess this is one time where Texas bbq won’t help in negotiations.

  10. txnative61 - Jan 14, 2012 at 5:46 AM

    Summer heat can be acclimated to, but is often devastating to infrequent visitors. In the playoffs and World Series, cold in northern climates is also a big factor, even in moderate St Louis. The Ballpark is quite a hitters park, so would help his stats, HOF chances, and have a good chance at WS play. Ryan undoubtedly points this out in negotiations, and may help sign him for a reasonable price. Convincing pitchers they can be successful pitching there is a tougher problem. Thats where Ryan is most useful.

  11. dtown53121 - Jan 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    i dont care where fielder goes. these insane contracts are nuts. how much money does a guy really need !!!!!

  12. segagenesiss - Jan 15, 2012 at 3:36 AM

    I still think they need to focus more on pitching.. But there’s no one out there. More hitting power? I guess , they are going to need it. The power is shifting in their division

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