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Rangers “believe they’re out of the bidding” for Prince Fielder

Jan 24, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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Last week general manager Jon Daniels admitted that Texas was “very unlikely” to sign Prince Fielder and now Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Rangers “believe they are out of the bidding” for the slugging first baseman.

Fielder met with Rangers officials in Dallas earlier this month, but it’s unclear if talks even reached the offer stage and since then Texas spent $112 million on Yu Darvish.

If the Rangers are indeed out of the mix that seemingly makes the Nationals overwhelming favorites to sign Fielder, although based on various reports that’s probably been the case all along.

It’s possible a team like the Orioles could swoop in with a huge offer, but the Marlins, Mariners, Tigers, and now Rangers are said not to be involved and the usual huge-spending teams don’t really have a big need for Fielder even if they badly wanted him. And it doesn’t hurt that the Nationals’ roster is already packed with prominent Scott Boras clients.

UPDATE: So much for the Nationals. Fielders is reportedly headed to the Tigers.

  1. nekotman - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Keep him out of the NL East! I don’t want to see him there. Really though, it will make for fierce competition if he does sign with the Nats. He may be overweight but they have runway models for larger size women. Everyone can’t have the perfect body. I hope the boy proves all the critics here wrong. Too many judges here.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    “And it doesn’t hurt that the Nationals’ roster is already packed with prominent Scott Boras clients.”

    You know at this point, Rizzo should just sign a multi-player contract with Scott, save himself some trouble.

    • Old Gator - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      At a – apologize in advance for yet another in an interminable concatenation of Prince Fielder fat jokes – bulk discount.

  3. Old Gator - Jan 24, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    There is no team “like the Orioles.” The Orioles construct their teams every year like I used to construct my Tinkertoys – I really had no idea whatsoever what I wanted to build. I just knew I wanted it to be able to roll. And of course I never got the proportions right – always ran out of a certain size stick so that I had to force some parts of it together and then some other part of it popped apart. Even the Cubs go about it more purposefully; they’re just accursed.

  4. randygnyc - Jan 24, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    How are the orioles in the market for a 150-200 million dollar contract? And why not improve your overall lineup instead?

  5. proudlycanadian - Jan 24, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    A done deal with the Nationals for 8 years.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 24, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      OK Aaron? What have you done with the Yahoo Sports story about the 8 year deal with the Nationals, that I saw on the USA Today fatasy site powered by Rotoworld?

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:00 PM

        So now it is a 9 year deal with Detroit?

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:12 PM

        When will Detroit begin to have buyers remorse over giving hin $124 million over 9 years.

  6. bmoreballers - Jan 24, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Fielder to the o’s would make the ravens loss a lot easier to cope with

  7. drewzducks - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    9 years Detroit apparently

  8. artisan3m - Jan 24, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Glad he is not going to be a Ranger. We’ve had our share of long term deals and none of them have worked out that well. Fielder is a great player with heavy lumber but as with all contracts, there is no guarantee they will pay off as expected. This fairly well assures Hamilton will stay but the team still needs production at 1st base. There is no comparison between Prince and the default Mitch Moreland.

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