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.
UPDATE -- According to multiple folks on Twitter, Fielder is not retiring, but will instead be declared unable to be cleared medically to play. That means that he would get paid, insurance will pay a portion, and Fielder will have to stay on the 40 man roster.