LoneStarBall Texas Rangers rumors: Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers designated hitter who underwent a second neck surgery two weeks ago, is likely not going to play again, according to Ken Rosenthal on Twitter. Fielder, 32, was acquired by the Rangers prior to the 2014, along with $30 million, from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler. Fielder had both his 2014 and 2016 seasons cut short due to neck surgery. In 2015, his lone healthy season with the Rangers, he put up a .305/.378/.463 line. If this is the end of Prince Fielder’s career, he ends it with a career .283/.382/.506 slash line with 1645 career hits and 319 home runs. The Rangers owe Fielder $72 million for the 2017-20 seasons. If he not retiring and forfeiting the money, and instead simply announcing he will physically be unable to play, it is believed (based on Evan Grant’s previous reporting) that the Rangers would receive approximately $36 million from insurance. Very sad news for Prince Fielder, if that is the case, and sad news for the Rangers organization.
Very surprising news just broke, we knew that Texas Rangers designated hitter Prince Fielder’s season was over following neck surgery, but now it seems Fielder is going to call it a career and announce his retirement tomorrow. The neck surgery is his second since 2014, and the 32-year-old second generation superstar still has $72 million remaining on his contract, which makes his retirement even more shocking. The portly power hitter was one of the most entertaining players in baseball over recent seasons, his personality was big on and off the field, and there is no doubt Prince Fielder will be missed.