MLB Free Agents 2012: Texas Rangers Are Still a Possibility for Prince Fielder

Anthony DinsmoreContributor IIDecember 27, 2011

MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 16:  Prince Fielder #28 of the Milwaukee Brewers reacts after he flied out for the third out in the bottom of the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Six of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 16, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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As the MLB free-agency period gets older and older, Prince Fielder's options continue to decrease.

It's been a busy MLB free agency, as the Angels found their first baseman in Albert Pujols and the Cardinals replaced him with Carlos Beltran.  There aren't many teams with big payrolls in need of a first baseman. 

The Rangers just happen to be an exception to that.

The Rangers are looking to upgrade from Mitch Moreland.  Moreland didn't have the worst season in 2011, hitting .259 with 16 home runs and 51 RBI.  While Moreland's career appears to have some potential, the Rangers are looking for a more experienced first baseman that can play every day.  Mike Napoli did get some time at first base last season, but he is much more comfortable as a catcher. 

The only other team that seems to be in the hunt to sign Fielder is the Cubs.  Theo Epstein is looking to turn around the Cubs, just as he turned around Boston, and has been constantly trying to convince Fielder to sign with Chicago.

Epstein's experience could possibly bring the Cubs their first World Series in over 100 years.  It's been a mystery as to why Fielder hasn't signed with a team yet.  Perhaps Epstein hasn't convinced him yet that he can do the same thing to the Cubs that he did to the Red Sox—end their long drought without a World Series.