The Rangers make it a point to consider all options for improving the team, and, yes, that included looking at free-agent first basemen this year. But Prince Fielder is not on the Rangers' radar, said three club officials.
Several reports have the Rangers actively pursuing Fielder, but the Rangers don't believe he fits in their budget. Even though the new ownership group has shown a willingness to spend, the Rangers' front office is still mindful of staying within a budget. With many players on the roster approaching free agency -- Josh Hamilton being a biggie -- signing Fielder would likely prevent the Rangers from keeping core players.
Nolan Ryan said that the Rangers are committed to Mitch Moreland and believe that he can still develop into a quality big-league first baseman. He's also an affordable option. Fielder is not, and the Rangers are not actively pursuing him.
-- Jeff Wilson