Rangers discuss Gonzalez, Prince with Boras

Rangers discuss Gonzalez, Prince with Boras

Rangers discuss Gonzalez, Prince with Boras
DALLAS -- Rangers president Nolan Ryan said early Wednesday afternoon here at the Winter Meetings that he did not see his club getting involved in free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder.

"I don't see that fitting into our budget," Ryan said.

But the Rangers did meet with Fielder's agent, Scott Boras, on Wednesday. The main topic of conversation was reliever Michael Gonzalez but the sides did discuss Fielder. The Rangers, Ryan said, always look at everything.

Boras, standing in the lobby of the Anatole Hotel, site of the Winter Meetings, said there are a number of teams that are expressing strong interest in Fielder. He declined to identify the Rangers as one of them.

"I've spent the last three days sitting in a hotel room going through a flurry of teams making presentations how they could fit Prince into their team," Boras said. "I'm going to be leaving here and going to meet with Prince about the varying opportunities for him and then we'll sit down and begin the process of letting teams know what direction he wants to take. He'll kind of prioritize for me."

Most of the attention at the Winter Meetings has been directed to free-agent first baseman Albert Pujols. But Boras insisted that there has not been a lack of interest in Fielder.

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"This is a negotiation that is really one of its own because he's 27 years old," Boras said of Fielder. "He has a different place in the market, and the demands on his services are broader because you have teams that are not as playoff-ready that are interested [and] you have clubs that are veteran that are interested. You have a whole variety of teams that are involved."

Boras said that any team that wants to get better will inquire about Fielder, who hit .299 with 38 home runs and 120 RBIs for the Brewers this past season.

"Whether they're a younger team or a veteran team or a team that wants to win now, there are not many teams not in need of a core player like this," Boras said. "There's a few that aren't, obviously, but most are certainly going to want to look into the situation."

Boras can be very persuasive, and the Rangers worked with him to sign third baseman Adrian Beltre to a five-year, $80 million contract last offseason.

The other possibility is the Rangers stick to working with Boras on re-signing Gonzalez, who pitched the final two months of the season with them, was on their playoff roster and had cleanup surgery on his right knee last month.

"Mike had a great experience in Texas," Boras said. "He really enjoyed it and certainly he's open to the idea [of going back]. I've talked to a number of teams about him. The doctor has given him a clean bill of health, and he'll be ready for Spring Training."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.