General manager Jon Daniels said that the Texas Rangers are not shopping designated hitter Prince Fielder at the annual winter meetings, and a source confirmed that the American League Comeback Player of the Year hasn’t even been mentioned in talks with other teams.
Daniels commented on the club’s business, typically something he doesn’t do, following a report saying that the Rangers were asking teams if they could take on Fielder’s hefty contract. Daniels said that there was no truth to the report.
Moving Fielder would give the Rangers more room to maneuver this off-season, but they would also be removing their cleanup hitter from the lineup just as they feel like he could take off in his second full season after major neck surgery.
The Rangers are to pay $90 million of the remaining $120 million on Fielder’s contract through 2020.
The Rangers continue to hear from the Pittsburgh Pirates about first baseman Mitch Moreland, but a source said that there is “no traction” there so far. The Rangers like Pirates catching prospect Elias Diaz, but the belief is that Pittsburgh doesn’t want to trade their future catcher and his six years of contractual control for only one year of Moreland before he becomes a free agent.
Tuesday has proven to be a slow day at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. A baseball source said that Milwaukee and the Rangers are not actively discussing a deal for catcher Jonathan Lucroy, and another indicated that the Rangers have too many concerns about Cliff Lee’s elbow to bring back the left-hander on a one-year deal.
The Rangers are unlikely to make a $20 million posting bid on Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda, who they don’t believe is in the same class as Yu Darvish or Masahiro Tanaka.