The baseball off-season is well underway and several deals have already been struck, none more shocking than the move of Albert Pujols from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Los Angeles Angels. That said, there’s still plenty of moves to come via free agency and trades and perhaps another slugging first baseman could move to the American League when all is said and done.
Jim Bowden is predicting that Prince Fielder will find a home with the American League champion Texas Rangers and the move would shift two of the best power hitters from one league to another. In fact, it would keep the two players division rivals with both in the AL West.
Bowden writes, “There’s an arms race brewing in the American League West, and the Los Angeles Angels just fired the first salvo with their signings of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson at the winter meetings. Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said the team likely would have to circle back and reassess whether to pursue Fielder. When a division rival makes moves as large as the Angels’, Levine said, his team’s entire offseason strategy must be re-evaluated. Armed with a new TV contract with Fox, Texas has the money to sign Fielder.”