Team president Nolan Ryan, who kicked off Saturday at FanFest with a Q&A, responded thusly to a question about the Rangers' meeting Friday with free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder:
"We met with Prince yesterday, and our mindset is that we're constantly trying to improve the ballclub. We look at any opportunity to do that that we have. We met with Prince yesterday and his agent, Scott Boras, to try to get a true feel for where they are at this point in time in his free agency to try to see if we thought there might be something there that works for the Texas Rangers. It was very preliminary, and it's very early in any type of negotiation process to even say if there's anything that's going to come of that our not. So, it was an initial meeting that we had."
Ryan also reiterated that he expects Yu Darvish to sign a contract by 4 p.m. Wednesday, the deadline to have him signed. The fact that Darvish hasn't yet signed caused Ryan to hold off on his annual prediction of how many games the Rangers will win in the upcoming season. "It's a little early to predict," Ryan said. "The ballclub isn't set yet."
-- Jeff Wilson