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Rangers’ meeting with Prince Fielder went “extremely well”

Jan 15, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

Free agent first baseman Prince Fielder has been travelling around the baseball world with his agent, Scott Boras, visiting teams who have expressed interest — mild or serious — in signing him.

The 27-year-old met with Rangers executives on Friday in Dallas, and it apparently went swimmingly.

Here’s the tweet from ESPN’s Jim Bowden:


Rangers president Nolan Ryan told reporters recently that his team’s pursuit of Fielder is in a “very preliminary” stage, but if Bowden’s information is correct, and Texas can afford to fit both Darvish and Fielder into its budget, perhaps negotiations will soon grow more serious. How ’bout this AL West?

  1. proudlycanadian - Jan 15, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Sounds like a leak from Boras.

    • cyanocittacristata - Jan 15, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      Well it’s not Heyman so we can’t say who is dropping this. Bowden might have an imaginary friend giving him the down low for all we know- he is more disposed to pulling something out of his dookie shoot IMHO.

    • donbp - Jan 15, 2012 at 7:07 PM

      So 250 mil on somebody 100 pounds overweight and a japanese pitcher…what a way to build a franchise..only Ryan could do it.

  2. matthewtrueblood - Jan 15, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Think you mean how ’bout those Rangers. If they sign btw guys, the West will be a laugher.

    • Ari Collins - Jan 15, 2012 at 8:03 PM

      Getting Darvish and losing Wilson is a wash at best. Fielder is pretty good…

      … but Pujols is better. And instead of coming out maybe even on pitching, the Angels getting Wilson while losing, what, Joel Pineiro? That’s a huge win.

      Obviously the Rangers were better last year, but even if Texas get Darvish AND Fielder, the Angels have improved more for 2012.

  3. danielcp0303 - Jan 15, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Being an Astros fan sucks

    • stex52 - Jan 15, 2012 at 10:47 PM

      Livin’ the nightmare with you, friend.

      • Old Gator - Jan 15, 2012 at 11:20 PM

        Well, if you’re in Houston, why not go over to Otilia’s on Long Point and drown your sorrows in the Chiles en Nogada or some great spicy crema de poblana or tortilla soup? It’s my standard Houston pigout place.

    • henryd3rd - Jan 16, 2012 at 7:30 AM

      The Rangers are taking applications to become a Rangers fan. You need to go to their web sight and download the application and mail it in asap. Astros fans? The deadline is February 30th!

      • stex52 - Jan 16, 2012 at 8:15 AM

        Got your note! I’ll be there right after Hell freezes over!!

  4. theonlynolan - Jan 15, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Bowden’s the same guy who said the Soc were close to signing Kuroda. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  5. nflinla - Jan 15, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Fielder in that ballpark, man what a beast !

    • Old Gator - Jan 15, 2012 at 11:22 PM

      And when he blows out his knees or hips – as of course he will without a hellish diet or bariatric surgery – he’ll find that friendly spot on the bench reserved for the half-ballplayer known as the DH, worn smooth by too many decades of designatedhitterball types rotting their while their more athletic teammates behaved like real baseball players and took the field.

      • Old Gator - Jan 15, 2012 at 11:23 PM

        rotting there….

        Edit function!
        Edit function!

  6. buffalomafia - Jan 15, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    It doesnt matter who the Rangers sign! They will choke again!!!!!

  7. cur68 - Jan 15, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Hey, everybody. Craig’s post is up over at Old Time Family Baseball. He confesses to all sorts of shameful things. I think he was drunk when he wrote it. Worth a read and $5 to Médecins Sans Frontières (or “Doctors Without Borders” to all of you Francophonically challenged). Cheers.

    • bloodysock - Jan 15, 2012 at 9:25 PM

      He confesses to all sorts of shameful things? Was he in a bathtub recently?

      • crisisjunky - Jan 15, 2012 at 11:32 PM

        But Mr.C didactually TAKE the photo on his cell. ( It was a slow day.)

  8. whittle79 - Jan 15, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Don’t be jealous !!

  9. vanmorrissey - Jan 15, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Hope the Rangers are’nt out there bidding against themselves since there doesn’t seem to be anyone else kicking the tires, so to speak. If it goes down interesting to see if Rangers pay market value or lower.

    • dondada10 - Jan 15, 2012 at 9:22 PM

      At what point are the Brewers back in this? What was their last offer?

  10. pibrew - Jan 15, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    To Ari Collins..maybe you haven’t noticed but the last two years the Rangers have won the division….BY A LOT!

    • Ari Collins - Jan 15, 2012 at 9:05 PM

      Yes, but last year’s standing don’t have much to do with next year’s standings if the teams have a changed a bunch. I’d give the Rangers an edge, and a bigger one if they get Darvish AND Fielder, but I was responding to the guy who said the division would be a laugher. I personally doubt that’s true even if the Rangers get Fielder, because while it was a laugher last year, the Angels have improved a ton for 2012.

  11. miketreedy - Jan 15, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    I agree the Angels have improved more but the Rangers had 10 games up on them last year. If the Rangers add Fielder, Darvish & Feliz both pitch to their potential & Nathan is healthy and productive I still think the Rangers have the advantage. It will be a great race for sure.

    • Ari Collins - Jan 15, 2012 at 9:02 PM

      Agreed. It’s hard to handicap since the Rangers were way ahead and the Angels have improved so much, but adding Fielder probably makes the Rangers favorites again. Great race either way!

  12. threeputtguy - Jan 15, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Where are the Rangers coming up with all of this money?

    • hardjudge - Jan 15, 2012 at 10:54 PM

      New Fox TV contract. Dallas-Ft. Worth is the 5th largest market in the country.

  13. buffalomafia - Jan 15, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Chinese pitchers never adapt right away anyway?

  14. lgwelsh1 - Jan 15, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    The Rangers should have a look at Prince but this is the thing, Prince will be coming to the American league where he doesn’t know the pitching or the ball parks that well. He also would be moving to the south west where it is a completely different culture and climate than what he is used too. Not to mention he won’t have the comfort of the fans he has gotten so used too in Milwaukee.

    The other side of the coin is that he is 27 years old and could be moved into a DH position down the road which would prolong his player career. I’m sure that is a big part of the Rangers interest. Prince is good for 35+ homers with 100+ RBI for the next 2-3 years. Prince’s lifetime average is .282 and is a power hitter for the most part. I don’t see his bat speed improving so he will likely be a .250-.260 25HR hitter 5 years from now.

    He is not worth 200 million, not even close to what he is asking. If the Rangers can get him for 100 million for 5 years that’s more than fair.

    • Old Gator - Jan 15, 2012 at 11:25 PM

      The Potbellied Prince should have no problems adjusting. With that silhouette, he’ll probably just be mistaken for a couple of Mexicans.

      • crisisjunky - Jan 15, 2012 at 11:37 PM

        Oh Gator, that was awful…….which two?

      • Old Gator - Jan 16, 2012 at 2:43 AM


      • dcfan4life - Jan 17, 2012 at 9:46 AM

        No problem adjusting, ask Adam Dunn how easy an adjustment the AL is from the NL.

    • stex52 - Jan 16, 2012 at 8:20 AM

      Climate could be an issue in Arlington. Hotter than death there in the summer. I’m not sure how the culture would make a difference unless he plans to eat himself to death on Tex Mex.

  15. lanzurrah - Jan 16, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    As a neutral observer…even if they sign Fielder, it’ll be a neck and neck race with the Angels next year. Those are going to be some games to watch.

  16. randygnyc - Jan 16, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Igwelsh, 5@20 million? At that price he’d have a DOZEN teams interested. Inluding the Yankees. All the teams they’ve spoken to want fielder, but not for 10/250 million. My point is is that if fielder lowers his contract demands, it won’t be so easy for the rangers to sign him. There will be traffic congestion.

  17. 13fla - Jan 16, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    fielder can’t stand the heat ?? he used to live in Irving Tx and played baseball there when he was
    7 and 8 years old- lol he was terrible,,go figure

  18. goawaydog - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Go Oakland A’s! … I mean San Jose A’s! wait, is that the Sacramento Rivercats + Bartolo and Coco? oh never mind, it’s a two team division now. GO Giants!

  19. buffalomafia - Jan 16, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Will Prince’s weight problem bother him in the dog days of the Texas summer?

  20. stex52 - Jan 16, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Sure bothers me in Houston. And Arlington is a lot worse.

  21. dcfan4life - Jan 17, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Prince would be signed now at 5 yr/$100 million. He wants 10 years, $200 million. I think he will come in for 7-8 years at $150-$160 million. The question is where. I hope the Rangers sign him, it means the Nationals wont.

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