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Beltre's early pick for MVP: Fielder

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07:31 AM ET 01.27 | No stranger to MVPs, Prince Fielder has protected one in each of the past three seasons -- Ryan Braun in Milwaukee and Miguel Cabrera in Detroit. As the cleanup hitter, Fielder bullied teams into pitching to the MVP. New team, new look for Fielder. He has dropped weight. He has dumped the dreadlocks in favor of a high-and-tight haircut. He will move into the featured No. 3 spot in the Rangers' order. "He's going to get the MVP," Adrian Beltre said Friday night during the club's awards gathering at the Gaylord Texan. "It's his time to win it. My job is to protect him so that he gets there." In the first significant decision of the coming season, Rangers manager Ron Washington has said he will go with Fielder as the No. 3 hitter, with Beltre in the cleanup spot.

The Dallas Morning News

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January 27, 2014  08:06 AM ET

....solid lineup.....fielder will greatly enjoy hitting in the ballpark......with rangers bullpen coming in after 6, sp will get help 2nd half from harrison and holland......but still need some sp help first half....

January 27, 2014  08:27 AM ET

If he's moved to number 3 - he better have lost some weight or he'll be dead weight on the basepaths.......

January 27, 2014  09:20 AM ET

With his weight and the heat in Texas I can see Fielder having just a average season because of the two factors mention instead of a MVP year.

January 27, 2014  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

If he's moved to number 3 - he better have lost some weight or he'll be dead weight on the basepaths.......

Thread from yesterday said that he has lost weight.

January 27, 2014  10:13 AM ET

Go Get Um Prince, your time has come!!!

January 27, 2014  11:05 AM ET

I think he has figured out that if he wants to survive here, less (as in weight) is more. He should hit very well here.

January 27, 2014  12:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I think he has figured out that if he wants to survive here, less (as in weight) is more. He should hit very well here.

He seems to be taking the necessary steps to do just that.

January 27, 2014  12:59 PM ET
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Thread from yesterday said that he has lost weight.

And how many times have we heard that in the past? Fielder will bat .285 with 35-40 HRs and about 110-120 RBI in Texas. He'll do well, but he's not an MVP-level player, especially with his horrid defense.

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