Before the Texas Rangers signed Yu Darvish to a six-year, $60 million contract, the word was that if he came onboard, Rangers fans could kiss the idea of having Prince Fielder on the roster as well.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has a different story, though. It has now been a week since Rangers execs met face-to-face with Fielder and his agent, Scott Boras, in what was billed as a preliminary discussion in case the Darvish deal fell through.
Rangers GM Jon Daniels has said that signing Fielder is "very unlikely," but the paper hears from two major-league sources that the Rangers "have not closed the door to signing the All-Star slugger." However, his price might just be too high for the team. If the two sides hook up, the team "could ask Fielder to take less money early in his deal" with higher amounts in later years so that the money could come from a revenue-generating TV deal that starts in 2015.
First baseman Fielder batted .299 with 38 homers last year for the Milwaukee Brewers and has amazingly not missed more than five games in a season due to injury in his seven seasons in the bigs.