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Prince Fielder To Rangers Deal 'Unlikely,' Texas G.M. Says

The Rangers' payroll is bigger than ever, but after signing Yu Darvish, the team doesn't seem interested in Prince Fielder.

On the heels of a major free agent signing in pitcher Yu Darvish, the Texas Rangers shot down the idea they'd be able to pick first baseman Prince Fielder as well. MLB.com spoke to Ranger general manager Jon Daniels shortly after he spoke publicly on the Darvish signing:

"After going through this process, I'm intimately familiar with our budget," Daniels said. "It's very unlikely."

"I don't expect we'll do anything really big the rest of the winter," Daniels said. "But we'll get the next few days under our belt, welcome Yu to Texas and then take a step back and look at things."

Fielder is still without a team, and the Rangers have been mentioned as a potential landing site for the slugger (38 home runs, 120 RBI last season). Currently Texas has first basemen Mitch Moreland, who hit .259 with 16 home runs last season and is coming off of wrist surgery.

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