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Despite History, Fielder Will Hit Third

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    Kelly Gavin, Texas Rangers
    Prince Fielder.

    As Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington sat next to newly acquired slugger Prince Fielder in a press conference on Monday, the two looked to be fast friends.

    And it could be because Washington gave Fielder a little love by saying he'd be expected to hit third in the Rangers' lineup after a career spent hitting fourth and providing protection to his teammates — who just so happened to win MVP awards in the past three seasons.

    In 2011 in Fielder's last season in Milwaukee, he hit behind Ryan Braun, who won the MVP award that season. The past two years? He's hit behind two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera in Detroit. So why not protect Adrian Beltre in the same fashion?

    It's something to consider, but it's probably a good deal either way.

    Fielder admitted in Monday's introductory press conference that he "sucked" in 2013, when he hit .279 with 25 homers and 105 RBIs.

    "That's a pretty good year for sucking," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said.

    He's talked about wanting a fresh start and looking to bounce back from the worst season of his career, and maybe it's Fielder's turn to win an MVP now, now that he has an MVP-caliber player hitting behind him for once.