Tyler Radecki
Tuesday January 17th, 2012

The Texas Rangers are unlikely to sign free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder if the team is able to sign Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish, according to MLB.com.

The Rangers expect to sign Darvish before Wednesday’s 4 p.m. deadline, according to the report. While a deal hasn’t been agreed to yet, the team expects a deal to get done “if everybody stays fair and reasonable,” according to the report.

Last week, the Rangers met with Fielder “because they wanted to have a backup plan in place in case a deal with Darvish did not get done,” according to the report. Earlier today, it was reported that the Rangers could afford to sign both Darvish and Fielder. Fielder, 27, hit .299 with 38 home runs and 120 RBIs last season for the Milwaukee Brewers.

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