Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels has stated publicly that the Rangers most likely won't go after Prince Fielder.
Well, remember when the Toronto Blue Jays were erroneously hailed as the "frontrunner" to secure the highest bid for Yu Darvish's negotiation rights?
Yep, that was good 'ole "JD" showing off his ninja-savvy by keeping his cool—even though he knew that his Rangers most likely held the highest bid.
Well, he's at it again. If JD was to say how interested they were in Prince, this might drive the slugger's salary up even higher.
Plus, the Rangers have back-loaded Darvish's contract: He'll receive $5.5 million this season, and $9.5 million for 2013, followed by three years at $10 million per, and a sixth season at $11 million.
This move is likely arranged so that the Rangers won't have to absorb the full brunt of Darvish's contract until their new television deal kicks in.
The Texas Rangers' new local television contract starts in 2015 and is worth $3 billion...so if they can negotiate a back-loaded deal with Fielder, he could absolutely fit into their financial future with little or no problem.
Darvish's interesting contract might also have to do with off-setting a shorter, potentially front-loaded Fielder contract.
Yu's Signing Impact on Fielder with the Rangers
Regardless of popular belief, the Texas Rangers are very much still in on Fielder. However, the chances of a Fielder acquisition are greatly diminished if Fielder—and his agent Scott Boras—refuse to consider a shorter (not 10-year) deal that is back-loaded to off-set the financial impact prior to 2015.
It's not like he'll work for eight dollars an hour plus tips until 2015, though.
If he really wants to be in Texas, and it certainly appears that way, then it can happen. A back-loaded contract is his ticket to the Lone Star State—or at least the most glaring option to get him in a Rangers' uniform.
However, if it turns out that the Rangers don't end up with Fielder, the significant contract they tendered Darvish (as well as the many core players soon up for free agency) certainly was a point of contention.