The Rangers are still in the mix for free-agent Prince Fielder despite spending over $100 million to acquire Japanese starting pitcher Yu Darvish, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.
Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 19, 2012
The club finalized a six-year, $60 million deal with Darvish yesterday just minutes before their 30-day negotiation window was set to close. Texas will also pay the Nippon Ham-Fighters, Darvish’s old team, a $51.7 million posting fee, meaning that the Rangers have invested over $111 million in the foreign import.
There have been conflicting reports about whether the Rangers would be able to sign both Darvish, and Fielder who is expected to demand upwards of $170 million in free agency. Some have said that signing Fielder to a long-term deal would eliminate the possibility for a long-term extension to former American League MVP Josh Hamilton in the coming years.
Fielder hit .299/.415/.566 with 38 home runs and 120 RBI in 162 games last year for the Milwaukee Brewers. The 27-year-old has been one of the more consistent players in the majors over the past several seasons. In 998 career games, he has amassed a .282 career batting average, 230 home runs and 656 RBIs.