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Rangers preparing late run at Fielder

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09:35 AM ET 01.08 | The Rangers entertained Yu Darvish last week and strongly hope to sign him. Yet the team also is studying a late run at Prince Fielder as a contingency if it deems Darvish's demands too high. Some in Japan have said it's not a lock Darvish will come to the United States this season.

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January 8, 2012  10:02 AM ET

OK, but I am sure a few other teams are "studying a late run at Prince Fielder as a contingency." It is what teams do this time of year.
It is all about how much he will lower his demands, namely how many years he wants.

January 8, 2012  10:03 AM ET
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Damn......the AL West is the new Eastthe evil empires have moved west before our eyes

And there could be some baseball played in Florida that is exciting. The Rays?

January 8, 2012  10:13 AM ET

It's all about the available TV money.

The difference between the haves and the have nots just grew and the growth of the gap is accelerating. It will be interesting to see how baseball survives without a salary cap.

Something will either change in the business model or no one outside the top 6 or 8 markets will care one about baseball. There will be no Green Bay Packer type teams in baseball soon. The Cardinals are the closest thing in baseball, but they are going to slowly fall out of contention because it's impossible for them to increase their revenues enough to keep up. The market is tapped out. There are no more fans to be won.

January 8, 2012  10:16 AM ET
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OK, but I am sure a few other teams are "studying a late run at Prince Fielder as a contingency." It is what teams do this time of year. It is all about how much he will lower his demands, namely how many years he wants.

IMO, Fielder is not worth all the money he is demanding, he can only play one position, 1st base. Now if he were to go to the AL at least he could DH. I just hope the team he ends up, has a hitter (home run) friendly park.

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January 8, 2012  10:43 AM ET
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And there could be some baseball played in Florida that is exciting. The Rays?

I never thought the Rays were going to be competitive last season after losing so much but they were. This year the Sox and Yankees haven't made any major improvements so they should stay in the thick of it again.

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January 8, 2012  10:54 AM ET
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has a hitter (home run) friendly park.

the rangers park????

January 8, 2012  11:01 AM ET
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I never thought the Rays were going to be competitive last season after losing so much but they were. This year the Sox and Yankees haven't made any major improvements so they should stay in the thick of it again.

i like tampa rays approach, they are a tough team and they have proved to both leagues, this franchise doesn't need big names to be in the competition in their division, before the red sox and the yankees would sweep them at every series but now the yankees and red sox are having hard time to nock the rays out of contention!!

January 8, 2012  11:03 AM ET

the rays GM and joe maddon have done with the rays franchise what nobody has done in decades!!!

January 8, 2012  11:04 AM ET

about the rays third baseman longoria??

January 8, 2012  11:04 AM ET

If the Rangers don't sign Darvish, it could be argued that that the outbid the other teams just to prevent other teams from signing him and it doesn't cost them a single penny. This isn't the first time that this has happened. We can anticipate that MLB and the Japan Leagues will be taking a hard look at the current posting procedures.

January 8, 2012  11:08 AM ET
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Damn......the AL West is the new Eastthe evil empires have moved west before our eyes

the yankees have change their name, use to be its all about money, now their new name should be stingy with the money!!!

 
January 8, 2012  11:10 AM ET

if the rangers are capable of signing fielder, their lineup would be too deep that i doubt that the angels would be able to comete against them!!

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