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5 Reasons Why Prince Fielder Will Fail With Texas Rangers

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5 Reasons Why Prince Fielder Will Fail With Texas Rangers

Prince Will Likely Fail With Texas Rangers

Thus far in the MLB offseason the biggest blockbuster trade to hit the hot stove is the one between the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers, who swapped Prince Fielder and Ian Kinsler last week. It is no doubt a win-win for both sides on paper, but I believe Prince Fielder’s career is on a downward spiral.

Fielder, who is known for hitting home runs — which is almost all he can do — has seen his home run numbers fall in each of past two seasons. In 2013, his 23 round trippers were the least he has hit since his rookie season with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2000, when he hit just two. In October he was putrid. Nothing about the way Fielder is playing right now can be dissected as a positive.

The Texas Rangers made a gamble that prospect Jurickson Profar will make an immediate impact for their roster in 2014 when they acquired Fielder. Profar will likely be moved over to second base with Kinsler gone and Elvis Andrus locked in at shortstop.

Texas’ lineup looks nothing like it did in 2013. Nelson Cruz may not be returning, though there is a chance he will sign now that Fielder has been inserted in the lineup. Mike Napoli might also return to Arlington after a one season hiatus in Boston. Nonetheless, the Rangers want to win right now. If Fielder is unable to help Texas get there, dark clouds will form above his head and the fans will immediately begin regretting that the Rangers’ front office traded for him.

Here are five reasons Prince Fielder will unfortunately fail for the Texas Rangers.

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5. New Ballpark, But So What?


Prince Fielder, I’m sure, is chomping at the bit to start aiming at the short right-field fence in Arlington. One of his major qualms with the Tigers was Comerica Park’s deep outfield. Poor Prince had trouble hitting home runs there — boo hoo. But newsflash: He still has to play on the road. His career average on the road is .280, 12 points less than at home. He also has hit 23 fewer home runs on the road than at home. Sure Arlington is shorter for Prince, but he’ll have to improve his road numbers, too.

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4. No More Miguel Cabrera


Prince Fielder had the luxury of hitting behind the best hitter in baseball, Miguel Cabrera. Now that he’s the man in Texas, who will be there to support him in the lineup? The Rangers made this trade gambling that prospect Jurickson Profar will be able to make an immediate impact in the lineup. I’m not too sure that’s going to happen.

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3. AL West Has Tougher Pitching


Prince Fielder will have to face pitchers like Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners, Jarrod Parker of the Oakland A’s and C.J. Wilson of the Angels more often now that he’s a member of the AL West. This division has much tougher pitching than in the Central. To make matters even worse, he’ll have to face former teammates Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, who are among the best in the game. Good luck adjusting to the new pitching, Prince.

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2. Pressure From Contract


Regardless of which is actually paying him his money — the Detroit Tigers or Texas Rangers — Prince Fielder will suit up every day under the immense pressure that comes with his $214 million contract. There is little chance that his overweight body will allow for much success in the back end of his deal, so there is even more pressure for him to excel now. He will be “The Man” in the Texas’ lineup, and I don't believe Prince will able to live up to the organization’s expectations that he can lead them to an elusive World Series title.

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1. Poor Postseason Performer


Prince Fielder is terrible in the playoffs. We all saw that in 2013, and we saw it in years past. His career average in the postseason is .194, and he has just five home runs and 11 RBI to show for 164 plate appearances in October. The Texas Rangers want to win a World Series, and they believe Prince is their guy to help them there. Should he fall short he will be considered an instant failure in Arlington.