All eyes on the Rangers

Jan 18, 2012, 2:30 PM | Updated: 5:26 pm

By Shannon Drayer

The Rangers get their arm so now the question is, do they get their bat? Yu Darvish is signed to a very reasonable (if you do not take the posting fee into account) six-year, $56 million deal. Now what? Do the Rangers turn to Scott Boras and say, “thanks for hanging in there but we have got our guy?” Or do their negotiations for Prince Fielder heat up?

There have been conflicting reports on whether or not the Rangers would be able to afford Prince Fielder if they sign Darvish, with some speculating they could do it if they chose to let Josh Hamilton walk after his current contract expires at the end of the 2012 season.

Jason Churchill of Prospect Insider reports a source tells him that question is way off the mark, but an interesting question nevertheless. If you are the Rangers, who would you rather give a five-year deal to, Fielder or Hamilton? Hamilton, while a force when healthy, has struggled to stay on the field every year but one while with the Rangers. Then there are the question marks about how long Fielder will hold up. Bottom line is, the Rangers know more about Hamilton’s physical, and for that matter mental make up than any team and can make a well informed decision accordingly. If Fielder is a Ranger and Hamilton is on the market next year, buyer beware. Falls right into my “if the Angels don’t want to keep you then I don’t want you” philosophy (with Mike Napoli being the big, very big, exception). Both teams tend to make good scouting decisions and for the most part don’t need to make decisions based on money so if they don’t want a player they know inside out I tend to believe something is up.

I digress. The Rangers very well could afford to pay Darvish, Hamilton and Fielder. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised. We will find out soon enough. If they do, their spending will not stop there. With several of their top young players becoming arbitration-eligible in the next two years we could see some ridiculous payrolls in Arlington in the near future.

Jayson Stark of ESPN tweeted minutes ago that an exec who has spoke with the Rangers says that they can still sign Prince but feel “less urgency” to do so. In other words, Prince can jump on board, but on their terms. My guess would be at this point Scott Boras and Fielder know what those terms are and could have accepted them at any time.

Fielder could sign with Texas in the near future or the PF Flyer could take off from Dallas and travel to Washington DC, Florida, Seattle (which is an extreme longshot), or perhaps a mysterious locale like San Francisco or even New York. It has been a long journey but one way or another it must land soon.

Date Starting Pitcher
Friday, September 30 @ 6:40 pm

Mariners Roof Report

Brought to you by
Mostly Sunny
High 69° | Low 53°
Roof is open
Athletics at Mariners today at 6:40pm

Seattle Mariners

Mariners Paul Sewald... Staff

Mariners simulcast Sunday on 710, 770; Seahawks simulcast on 710, KIRO FM

Details on radio coverage of the Mariners vs. Athletics game at 1:10 p.m. Sunday and Seahawks at Lions at 10 a.m. here.
12 minutes ago
Mariners Rangers...
The Associated Press

Mariners walk off Rangers 10-9 in extras; magic number now 1

Mitch Haniger and Jarred Kelenic homered twice, J.P. Crawford drove in the winning run in extras and the Mariners beat the Rangers 10-9.
1 day ago
Mariners Jarred Kelenic...
Brandon Gustafson

Is Mariners’ Jarred Kelenic back for good? 3 MLB insiders weigh in

Jarred Kelenic has produced in his short time back with the Mariners from Triple-A. We look at what MLB insiders Mike Blowers, Jeff Passan and Jon Morosi have to say about him.
1 day ago
Mariners Luis Castillo...
Brandon Gustafson

Dipoto: Mariners’ Julio extension ‘fired up’ Luis Castillo to sign long-term

The Mariners' extension with Luis Castillo may not have happened if not for Julio Rodríguez's megadeal, as Jerry Dipoto explained Thursday.
1 day ago
Mariners Julio Rodriguez, Eugenio Suarez...
Brandon Gustafson

Mariners’ Dipoto: Suárez returning to 3B, Julio update, Kelenic’s role

Jerry Dipoto shared updates on Eugenio Suárez and Julio Rodríguez and what Rodríguez's return to the Mariners means for Jarred Kelenic.
1 day ago
Mariners J.P. Crawford Jarred Kelenic...
Brent Stecker

State of the Mariners: Where things stand with magic number at 2

The Mariners' magic number is down to two. We detail what that means, plus everything you need to know about the playoff race and the team.
1 day ago
All eyes on the Rangers