Rangers Meeting With Fielder

Looking at the Texas Rangers roster and considering that they’ve been to the World Series twice in the last two years, it seemed as though Prince Fielder was such an obvious fit for the ball club. After all, Mitch Moreland and his .744 OPS played almost 800 innings at first base for the team last season. Only Aubrey Huff could be considered a worse regular first baseman than Moreland last year.

Fielder is such an enormous upgrade that for a team looking for a slight edge to get them back to the World Series, the former Milwaukee Brewers slugger takes the Rangers over that edge, down a decline, up a mountain and to another edge again where they can watch The Edge from U2 play the entirety of the score to The Edge, the motion picture starring Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin.

And then, to top things off, their biggest rival in the American League West goes out and signs Albert Pujols, perhaps the only other free agent with a higher profile than Fielder.

However, despite how obvious it all seemed, the Rangers have gone out of their way on multiple occasions to deny interest in the plus sized first baseman.

That is until now. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Fielder and the Rangers are meeting today at a hotel in Dallas.

If Fielder and Japanese import Yu Darvish end up signing with Texas, it’s bound to inspire the greatest Would You Rather game in baseball history:

Prince Fielder and Yu Darvish or C.J. Wilson and Albert Pujols.

Comments (12)

  1. Proves that the Rangers are still smarter then the angels, will have just as much value or maybe a little less value with Yu, Fielder but will save money for other things.

  2. Wishful thinking, but perhaps Fielder joining Texas will finally soften Zduriencik on the idea of dealing his star pitcher…..

  3. Give me Fielder over Pujols at this point in their careers. I really don’t believe Pujols age, he looked 30 as a rook.

    Ya, Fielder looks like a 20 year vet on the policy force, but that body sure is durable.

    On the flip side, give me CJ over Yu. CJ was cheaper and more proven. With Yu, there is more upside but there is also more risk. When it comes to arms, I would prefer to know what I’m getting. It is better to deal with the devil you know than the devil you don’t…

  4. if Texas does sign both of these guys and Yu performs as well as people hope, then the AL East is definitely no longer the hands-down toughest division and I almost feel sorry for Mariners and Athletics fans. Not to mention what a waste it seems for King Felix to stay with the Mariners. I wonder how much longer before he pulls a Halladay to get out of town?

  5. Why is it that every post about Fielder from every writer must mention his weight? Is he the first fat baseball player ever to hit well? Everyone is aware of the strain that added weight puts on the human body and any baseball fan knows that Fielder has extra weight so do we really fucking need to hear it every single fucking time? The guy is a great hitter and decent first baseman who happens to be fat.

  6. Actually yes. Parkes has written before that he’s unlike any baseball player as far as weight and height go.

  7. Jays fans take note, this is how you compete for World Series championships.

  8. And by “this is how you compete for a championship,” I hope you mean: build a sustainable winner with a young drafted core BEFORE ever thinking about huge fee agent splashes. Because – in case you haven’t noticed – that’s exactly what the rangers have done…and what AA is doing.

    • I know what you’re trying to say…BUT

      They only drafted 1 in their starting lineup, and 6 out of 9 are in their 30′s.

      • It doesn’t matter if they only drafted 1 in the starting lineup, they still built a young cheap core through draft+trades BEFORE making a single free agent commitment.

        • The comment I replied to said draft. I’m fully aware they built most of that team on trades.

    • I don’t really care how it gets done but you can’t win with mediocre talent.

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