In the press conference scheduled to commence tonight at 7 p.m. ET to introduce Darvish to his Ranger teammates and the media, questions of what is left to accomplish will surely be thrust at Rangers brass.
In an offseason that has included signing Joe Nathan, moving Neftali Feliz to the rotation and now adding Darvish, it's worth noting that GM Jon Daniels probably plays a mean game of poker.
Think about it: up until it was announced, MLB widely believed that the Toronto Blue Jays won the bid for Darvish. During negotiations, only twice was it reported that there was a number involved, once for the Darvish side and once for the Rangers. Not to mention that the Nathan signing came out of nowhere.
Those tight-lipped acquisitions beg the question sure to be asked tonight: Is Daniels done dealing? Specifically, where do they stand with Prince Fielder?
Don't believe the media reports. Fielder hasn't signed the biggest deal he could get because he's waiting for Albert Pujols money.
He hasn't signed because he wants to play in a ballpark with a home run porch in right and a team that is on the cusp of contending for a World Series title for three consecutive seasons.
What other reason could there possibly be? Scott Boras clients are notorious for taking the money and running, so to speak, so what makes the No. 2 free agent on the market any different?
Consider another interesting fact: Adrian Beltre, another Boras client, took a 6-year $96 million deal and proceeded to play a great third base and hit 30 home runs for the Rangers.
If you don't think Beltre and Fielder have spoken about the joys of playing in Arlington, think again.
Which is why it's too tough to just take Daniels at his word when he claims that signing Prince is "unlikely." Just another example of him sitting on pocket aces and playing it like he only has a pair of twos.
But here's a piece of advice: don't buy the media slough-off answer of, "We're done dealing," or "It's unlikely." There's real interest with Fielder, and until he signs on the dotted line the Rangers are in play.
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