The Rangers haven't ruled out signing free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder, according to two major-league sources, but they need agent Scott Boras to yield some from high contract demands and be willing to get creative in structuring a deal.
So far, beginning with a face-to-face meeting last week, Boras has given no indication that Fielder will be had for any less. Even with an influx of cash due in 2015 when a new TV contract kicks in and the ability to backload a deal, the Rangers need the Fielder price tag to come down.
The Rangers believe that Fielder wants to join them, and hope that his desire to play for a winner will lead him to sign for less money. If he is signed, though, it would likely cut into Mike Napoli's at-bats, and could lead to the Rangers dealing Mitch Moreland and being unable to keep Josh Hamilton.
Hamilton can become a free agent after the season and has said that he is open to talking about an extension until spring training begins.
-- Jeff Wilson