By Tyler Radecki
January 17, 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.

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