MLB notes: Rangers cool to Fielder
By QMI Agency
|Prince Fielder walks back to the dugout after grounding out against the Cardinals at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisc., Oct. 16, 2011. (JEFF HAYNES/Reuters)
Prince Fielder, supposedly one of the gems in the free-agent market, is still without a team.
And apparently one of his suitors now can be scratched off the list.
One day after signing pitcher Yu Darvish to a six-year, $60-million deal, the Texas Rangers seem uninterested in adding another hefty contract.
"It's no secret that we like him," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said of Fielder in a radio interview in Texas Thursday.
"We met with him and we're impressed with him. It comes down to dollars and cents ... (a) long-term kind of decision. We feel we made one big investment (in Darvish) that we feel good about ... We still have a big lineup that could take the field today and I feel really good about it."
Hence, Daniels said it was unlikely the Rangers would sign the power-hitting first baseman, who is looking for a long-term deal worth more than $20 million a season.
"That's not a criticism of Prince, we'd love to have him, but sometimes you can't have everything."
The Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals remain possible destinations for Fielder.
ONE MORE FOR MOYER
Jamie Moyer is 49 years old and coming off Tommy John surgery but he isn't prepared to quit pitching.
The left-hander has accepted a minor-league contract with the Colorado Rockies that includes an invitation to spring training.
Moyer didn't play last season after recovering from ligament-transplant surgery on his throwing elbow.
He has spent 24 seasons in the big leagues, compiling a 267-204 record with a 4.24 earned-run average.
"If he can still get people out will be the question," Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd told the Denver Post.
POSADA NOT PLAYING BUT ...
On Jorge Posada's website, next to a photo of him wearing his No. 20 New York Yankees jersey, are the words "Thank you for all your support" and his signature.
But Posada still has not decided when he will announce his retirement from the New York Yankees.
The 40-year-old catcher told MLB.com he's "not getting prepared for another season, that's for sure."
Posada said he made an effort to get ready for another season but "it's not in me ... more and more days started going by, and nothing's going in the right direction."
Posada said he plans to talk with his family before making his retirement official.
The Cleveland Indians signed outfielder Fred Lewis and pitcher Jeremy Accardo to minor-league contracts with invitations to major league spring training ... The trade last week between the New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners has not been finalized because Jesus Montero has had difficulty leaving his native Venezuela to undergo the required physical exam, FoxSports.com reported. The Yankees traded Montero and right-handed pitcher Hector Noesi to the Mariners for right-handers Michael Pineda and Jose Campos.