Prince Fielder Free Agent News: Does Yu Darvish Signing Impact the Slugger?

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Prince Fielder Free Agent News: Does Yu Darvish Signing Impact the Slugger?
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Just a few short days ago, the Texas Rangers signed their coveted free agent, right-handed pitcher Yu Darvish, formerly of the Nippon Ham Fighters.

With their bid-winning sum of $51.7 million—and the six-year, $60 million contract—the Rangers have now invested almost $112 million in a pitcher that has the ceiling of an ace, or the floor of a number three starter.  

Of course, the only thing we really know about Darvish is that he has yet to throw a single major league pitch.

Regardless, the deal's done, and whether or not Darvish is the next Nomo or Dice-K is a mystery that will take a few years (or one WS championship) to unravel.

Has the signing of Darvish turned the Prince Fielder spectacle into a one horse race (with the Washington Nationals pulling the reins)?  

Or can the Rangers still reach back into their well-worn Wranglers and muster up the cash for Prince?

In other words, how does the Yu Darvish signing affect Prince's potential of landing a king's ransom?

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