With the future of superstar slugger Prince Fielder still very much up in the air, the Texas Rangers have emerged as a serious possibility for the 27-year-old former Brewer.
The Rangers met with Fielder at a Dallas area hotel on Friday, according to MLB.com. The first baseman plans to visit several other clubs before making a decision, but agent Scott Boras did tell MLB.com that Fielder would have a contract in place by the start of spring training.
It's unclear just how much interest the Rangers have in Fielder, who's the biggest star remaining on the free-agent market this January. He may be their prime target, or he may be a fallback option should the Rangers fail to land stud hurler Yu Darvish. Fielder posted a .299/.415/.566 line last year with 38 home runs. He's hit 230 career round-trippers for the Brewers in just six full seasons.