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Rangers “expect to sign” Yu Darvish, but also adding Prince Fielder is unlikely

Jan 17, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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There have been some reports about roadblocks in the contract negotiations between the Rangers and Yu Darvish, but according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com they “expect to sign” the Japanese right-hander before tomorrow’s late-afternoon deadline.

There’s also been some speculation that the Rangers could sign Darvish to a huge long-term deal and then add Prince Fielder as well, but Sullivan reports that “they are not expecting to sign” Fielder if Darvish agrees to terms.

Fielder and agent Scott Boras met with the Rangers in Dallas last week, leading to all kinds rumors about how far along they were in talks, but Sullivan calls the get-together merely “a preliminary meeting.” Connecting the dots, it sounds like the Rangers have Fielder in place as a fallback option should Darvish not sign, but unless Fielder’s demands drop significantly it’s unlikely they’ll both wind up in Texas.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 17, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    The whole game being played regarding Fielder; “I don’t want him, you take him” “No, I can’t afford him – here, you should sign him” “No, I ain’t gonna sign him” is getting a tad old. I look forward to him being signed, and even more so looking forward to Spring Training.

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