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Fielder, Rangers Match Made in Heaven

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    AP
    It's good to be the Prince.

    People keep bringing it up, and the Rangers front office folks keep sticking to their story.

    The Texas Rangers are ready to roll with Mitch Moreland as the team's starting first baseman of the future, and normally, that would be just fine.

    Moreland is a good, young player who hit a bad slump after the all-star break last year before it was made public after the season that he had been playing through a wrist injury that required surgery.

    But the Rangers have a chance to get a transcendent first baseman who is at the very beginning of his prime, and at least one national columnist says Fielder to the Rangers makes perfect sense.

    We've learned over recent days that the Rangers might not have as much money as we were all led to believe heading into the Winter Meetings with money tied up in Chuck Greenberg and other ventures.

    But just imagine Fielder's left-handed power bat in Rangers Ballpark and that short right-field porch. If you're a Rangers fan, you should be salivating by now.

    A meat of the order involving Fielder, Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre, Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli would be right up there with the scariest lineups in the history of the game.

    As Joe Sheehan points out, the Rangers are really the only logical fit in the league for a guy like Fielder — a team that is ready to win now, has roster space, has money and is ready to be put over the top. It seems as though the Rangers' biggest competition on the Fielder front are teams like the Seattle Mariners (bad team, huge park) and the Baltimore Orioles, who aren't close to being ready to contend in the AL East.