Prince Fielder Could Be "Plan B" For The Texas Rangers

Earlier we had scuttlebutt and whispers about Prince Fielder's travel itinerary, with the free-agent first baseman meeting with the Texas Rangers, ostensibly to explore the possibility of Fielder hitting 832 home runs in Rangers Ballpark for the next few years.

Combined with a Yu Darvish contract, a Fielder move would be quite the forceful response to the Angels' free-agent duo of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. Hold on, though. Fielder could be the Rangers' backup plan instead of another high-priced addition. From Jeff Wilson:

Source confirms #Rangers meeting with Prince Fielder, but suggests the first baseman is Plan B if Yu Darvish doesn't sign.

This would make a bit more sense -- that Fielder is more of a way for the Rangers to get negotiating leverage on Darvish than a serious interest in committing $250 million to two players this off season. But Fielder-to-the-Rangers makes a ton of sense, and Fielder gets something out of this too: more leverage in his negotiations with the Nationals and Mariners.

If such negotiations are going on. Which they might be. Or not. We'll just sit and wait for this stuff to resolve itself.

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