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Rangers GM says signing Prince Fielder is “very unlikely”

Jan 18, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT

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Rangers GM Jon Daniels addressed the speculation that his team might be a serious suitor for free agent slugger Prince Fielder after Wednesday’s press conference announcing the Yu Darvish contract.

From beat writer T.R. Sullivan:

Jon Daniels, off camera, on the Rangers chances of pursuing Fielder: “I’m intimately aware of our budget and it’s very unlikely.”

So while the door isn’t completely closed on a Fielder purchase, it sure sounds doubtful to happen. The Rangers just signed off on a commitment of nearly $112 million to Darvish and will soon have to engage in extension talks with outfielder Josh Hamilton and catcher Mike Napoli or risk losing them to free agency.

The Nationals still feel like the front-runner for Fielder, who possesses a sparkling .929 career OPS and slugged 38 home runs in 162 games last season for the National League Central champion Brewers.

  1. cur68 - Jan 19, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    This goes on long enough, Fielder might just punt Boras. IMO that’s the real reason this guy hasn’t got a job. Once Fielder’s free of that vulture, maybe then things start happening…

  2. muskyhunter2542 - Jan 19, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Agree cur68… Without BorASS Fielder would have been resigned with Milwaukee a long, long time ago!!!

  3. brenenostler - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Teams should quit pursuing this guy. He doesn’t want to play for anyone.

  4. terryott - Jan 19, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Milwaukee is the place for Prince; the community loves him and he is a great clubhouse asset. Boras doesn’t see it that way, I am sure, but maybe Prince does — in his heart.

    What to do? Well, how about offering him a nice contract, not a “break the bank” contract but one that puts him up there somewhere and allows him and his family to live in the style to which they have been accustomed. AND, stipulate that if he retires from baseball as a Brewer, he gets a piece of the team. I then, if he takes it, would add that “piece of the team” bonus to Braun’s contract as well with the same stipulation.

    Maybe that’s too creative for MLB and the players’ union, but I like to think outside the box.

  5. jrod2go - Jan 20, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    As a cards fan I empathize with you. I too used to believe baseball players cared about community and legacy. There are still some that do, just not superstars.

    On a related note; I’ll give it to Lebron, he’s the modern Curt Flood. He paved the way

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