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Rangers deciding between Hamilton and Fielder?

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08:29 AM ET 01.16 | There may be a subplot to the Rangers pursuit of Prince Fielder. Josh Hamilton, feeling fine and potentially a free agent after the 2012 season, said on Saturday that he would gladly welcome the addition of free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder. "To imagine our lineup with Prince Fielder in it, it's pretty ridiculous looking," Hamilton said. "The short porch in right, my man could hit bombs. It would be pretty exciting to throw him in the mix." The goal, said Hamilton, is to put the best team on the field for 2012 and win the World Series after finishing as the runners-up the past two seasons. Fielder would be an upgrade, though at a steep price. So steep, in fact, that having him on the payroll could push a long-term extension for Hamilton out of the 2013 budget.

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January 16, 2012  08:54 AM ET

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January 16, 2012  08:58 AM ET
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I would rather have Fielder than Hamilton, based on the drug issues and health concerns of one of the guys.

I agree with that 100%.

Despite all the concern about Fielder's durability, over the last four years, he's averaged 161 games a season. Compare that to Hamilton's 125. Fielder also has a higher OPS over that time, is three years younger and, as you implied, isn't an 0-32 slump away from freebasing in a dirty basement in Arlington.

January 16, 2012  08:58 AM ET
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I would rather have Fielder than Hamilton, based on the drug issues and health concerns of one of the guys. But I think Texas can certainly afford both.

But they also have contracts for Kinsler, Napoli, Andrus and Cruz coming up in the next 2 years. Not to mention their young pitchers, who will also need to be paid. Tough call for the Rangers. Even tougher if Hamilton puts up a injury free MVP type season in 2012.

January 16, 2012  09:05 AM ET

Fielder is a Hitting Machine, & Plays everyday!!! Grab him before da boys in da Bronx start to Get creative!!!

January 16, 2012  09:17 AM ET

Given the injury history of Cruz I don't see a long term deal there. Napoli was a great find but catchers usually don't get big bucks or long terms. Kinsler and Andrus must be locked up sooner rather than later. Love how Hamilton plays the game but unfortunately his past history has ruined his body. A long term deal would be very risky.

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January 16, 2012  10:06 AM ET
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But they also have contracts for Kinsler, Napoli, Andrus and Cruz coming up in the next 2 years. Not to mention their young pitchers, who will also need to be paid. Tough call for the Rangers. Even tougher if Hamilton puts up a injury free MVP type season in 2012.

They should be fine. Most of their young players are only in their 1st or 2nd year arbitration. They could do what Tampa does with their young players and sign them to an early cost-efficient extension. Kinsler and Cruz are two that may command big money, but it doesn't mean the Rangers have to keep both of them. Kinsler may be the one to keep since he's younger and plays a premium position. Cruz will be 33 when he hits FA. Napoli will be a 32-yr old catcher. I'm not sure either one can get a huge contract.

January 16, 2012  10:39 AM ET
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They should be fine. Most of their young players are only in their 1st or 2nd year arbitration. They could do what Tampa does with their young players and sign them to an early cost-efficient extension. Kinsler and Cruz are two that may command big money, but it doesn't mean the Rangers have to keep both of them. Kinsler may be the one to keep since he's younger and plays a premium position. Cruz will be 33 when he hits FA. Napoli will be a 32-yr old catcher. I'm not sure either one can get a huge contract.

And... Mike Young comes off the books also.

Love the guy but that salary is not commensurate with the skills anymore.

January 16, 2012  12:54 PM ET

......hamilton had a body that is injured not by drug use years ago, but by hustle in the field...rangers can and will spend money as thye see fit...their new owner pockets are as deep as any other, as will be their revenues as the next Americas Team (my prediction).....

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January 16, 2012  01:00 PM ET

I agree with TXHeat. Let Cruz go. The guy pulls up lame about 4 times a season and plus he goes into these funks where he can't hit the broad side of a barn. I know when he is hot he is ridiculous but you just know sooner or later he will be back on the DL. Plus he always has trouble going straight back to the wall to make a catch as was seen in game 6. Trade him while you can get something in return.

January 16, 2012  01:04 PM ET

I think texas is at a pivotal moment as a franchise its put up or shut up. If you want to be on the level of the yanks and sox. you have to take risks especially if your a smaller market team. Losingtogether.com

January 16, 2012  01:18 PM ET

the rangers have to be completely aware about who has better expectatives as a player, everybody its fully aware about hamilton problems his body its a totally mess, the injuries are part of his daily life, its hard and its difficult but hamilton can't promise any good season to no team at all, being a injuried-prone player won't get you a big long term deal, not even two years deal, perhaps a minor league deal one million per only one season but nothing else!!

January 16, 2012  01:27 PM ET

fielder should be a higher and better option for the rangers, this player would do what hamilton hasn't being unable to do, fielder would play a 162 games in at least the first 3 years, fielder should be able to drive as many runs in every season at least in the next 7 years, in the rangers organization shouldn't be a doubtfull mind at all, fielder could be the complete player that the texas in reality being searching for a very long time, now the rangers should be willing to open their wallets towards fielder's demands, if the rangers are serious about to sign fielder they shouldn't hesitate in making this deal at all, should the rangers sign fielder? and should the rangers pay him 28 millions per season? could the rangers sign him to a long term deal as a 7 years deal?

January 16, 2012  01:27 PM ET
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I think texas is at a pivotal moment as a franchise its put up or shut up. If you want to be on the level of the yanks and sox. you have to take risks especially if your a smaller market team. Losingtogether.com

....dfw is the 4th largest metro area in the nation...and will be up to 3rd spot before end of decade.....state of texas is most populous at this moment, but not officially known as yet...ranger brand of baseball will only grow and rangers will become the favorite of the world before much longer......ranger owners have deep pockets and dont mind sinking capital to reap rewards later....yankees and red sox are yesterday, rangers are today and tomorrow....

January 16, 2012  01:30 PM ET

the rangers have to stop being soo greedy with the money, forget about how much its too much, the organization has to understand the meaning of a sacrifice, the player has everything that you would like to add to your team, not matter the money but the quality should be more important in this deal!!

January 16, 2012  01:36 PM ET

hamilton shouldn't be a problem for the rangers, neither the rangers should be a problem for hamilton, what i try to say here its that hamilton should stop asking a long term deal, the OF has very little to offer his productivity its way too low as a player, its too bad that the injury rash has to play a bigger role in hamilton's life but that's just the reality and nothing else!!

January 16, 2012  01:38 PM ET

at the end of both sides, the rangers could sign both players with the differences of the deals, fielder should get 7 years/196 millions deal, hamilton should get one year/1 million deal, just like that, plain and simple!!!

 
January 16, 2012  01:42 PM ET

even if the rangers should sign darvish, the fielder addiction should be in the rangers plans, darvish could be signed 5 years/110 millions deal, on top of this deal fielder would be signed without any problem!!!

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