Prince Fielder ready for yet another move


GRAPEVINE, Texas -- The Texas Rangers are Prince Fielder's third big league team. So he's used to getting familiar with unfamiliar places.

"It's a new everything," Fielder said Friday. "New drive to the ballpark and getting to know everything. It's kind of like the first day of school. Once you get to know everybody, things work out."

He did admit that having the experience of changing teams has made it easier. And don't forget that Fielder had to approve the trade, which he did when it was presented to him back in November, as the offseason was just heating up.

Fielder got a chance to meet some of his new teammates this past weekend as the club held its annual awards banquet on Friday and then Fan Fest at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Saturday.

Manager Ron Washington has said that Fielder will bat third in the lineup, with Adrian Beltre batting cleanup him, something Washington said he is excited about. Fielder also said he's looking forward to getting to know Washington.

"He’s the coolest manager I've met so far," Fielder said. "I like him a lot. I’m excited to play for him."

Fielder said this offseason has been a normal one for him as he prepares to go to spring training in Arizona. He hit .279 last year with 25 homers and 106 RBIs. He played in 162 games for the third consecutive season.

Washington, in a question-and-answer session with fans on Saturday, said Fielder is "another Beltre" when it comes to never wanting to take a day off. So the skipper plans to use the DH spot to get some "half days" for them.