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January 18, 2012

With Yu Darvish on team, Prince Fielder looks doubtful

General manager Jon Daniels said on Wednesday that the chances of signing free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder aren't good after the club agreed to terms with right-hander Yu Darvish.

The total package for Darvish deal -- six years, $60 million ($56 million guaranteed) and a $51.7 million posting fee --- will push the Rangers' payroll to an all-time high. With the number of core players the Rangers are hoping to sign to extensions and the spare parts that still need to be added before spring training, Fielder doesn't seem like a fit in the budget.

"I'm intimately aware of our budget because of the process that [we] just went through," Daniels said. "It's very unlikely."

Fielder and Rangers officials met last week in Las Colinas, where the Rangers learned that Fielder and agent Scott Boras were still seeking a package that could top $200 million.

-- Jeff Wilson

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don't sign anyone for over 20 mil per.

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