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Friday, January 27, 2012
GM: Prince Fielder would have made lineup 'silly'

By Richard Durrett

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's The Ben and Skin Show on Friday that the Rangers certainly had interest in slugger Prince Fielder but couldn't compete with the nine-year, $214 million offer the Detroit Tigers gave the first baseman this week.

"What he got from Detroit, we weren’t in the ballpark. We were multiple years off," Daniels said. "When you’re looking at Detroit, he got the most money from a very good team. Had that option not been there, might he have considered taking less from us to be in a championship environment? I don’t know the answer.  I know we liked him, we liked the fit."

Daniels said the club made it clear it was only willing to do so much early on (it did meet with Fielder and agent Scott Boras in Irving a few weeks ago) and were told that wasn't going to be enough. Turns out that was true. Still, Daniels admits Fielder would have boosted the club's already deep lineup.

"You plug him into our lineup, it has a chance to be silly," Daniels said. "That's no disrepect to Mitch Moreland. Prince is one of a handful of guys that can impact a lienup like that and put big runs on the board. At 27 years old, it fits where we're going not just this year, but the next few. We were interested, but we knew we were going to draw a line."