If Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez never injured his left knee last week who knows what would've happened with the Prince Fielder sweepstakes. And there's a decent chance that the slugging first baseman could've landed with the Rangers.
But after the Tigers showed they were committed to paying over 200 million to replace Martinez and lock up one of the best power hitters for nine years, the Rangers weren't close to making a matching proposal.
"At the end of the day, what he got from Detroit, we weren't in the ballpark," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Friday on 103.3's The Ben and Skin Show KESN-FM. "We were multiple years off."
Daniels added: "I do think, when you're looking at Detroit, he got the most money from a very good team, so had that option not been there, might he have considered taking less from us to be in a championship environment? I don't know the answer that. I know we liked him, we liked the fit. We also weren't going to kind of throw a...