The Rangers have lost the Prince Fielder sweepstakes to Detroit. Prince Fielder and the Detroit Tigers agreed to a 9 year $214 million dollar deal. Many in Rangers Nation held onto hope that the Rangers would continue to be aggressive in free agency and go after Fielder and adding him to a line up that is already one of the most feared and complete in all of baseball. If there was anywhere to add a bat for the Rangers it was at first base and with two big names at first base in free agency you thought they would have made it happen, but with $111 million spent so far this month on Yu Darvish it seemed to be stretch. The Rangers were also reluctant to offer a long contract beyond 6 or 7 years, his health and body type and its durability over the length of such a contract was called into question. Still I would’ve like to have seen Fielder in Arlington, but I think the Rangers would’ve treaded into Yankees territory by trying to overpower competition with offense instead of working on a more complete team, which starts with addressing pitching needs for the Rangers. We all saw how many years the Yankees tried to win a title in the past decade with big bats. It’s almost like the mold the Mavericks have used, you know it brings division titles maybe, and lots of wins but doesn’t necessarily convert into Championships. I hope with Prince off the table the Rangers front office will refocus their energy towards the mound in preparation for the upcoming season. I did like that recently the Rangers had a “mini-camp” of sorts with Greg Maddux, and his 18 Gold Gloves, helping the pitchers work on their defense. Hopefully this translates into wins. But with two big National League Bats headed to the American League, and one in the same division the climb back to the American League pennant is a lot steeper.
Prince Headed to Detroit
January 24th, 2012 Mike Dyce