Nolan Ryan Talks Moreland, Pujols, Fielder

Rangers president & CEO Nolan Ryan expressed confidence in first baseman Mitch Moreland and cast doubt on the notion that the Rangers will pursue Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols, according to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

“Making a seven-or-eight year deal for Fielder or Pujols is not something our organization is prepared to do,” Ryan said. “I very much expect Mitch Moreland to be our first baseman next year.”

Some MLB executives say the Rangers would be a fit for Fielder, but the Rangers have made it clear that they’re prioritizing pitching this offseason. The division rival Angels haven’t ruled out pursuing Fielder or Pujols, GM Jerry Dipoto said this week.

Texas' first basemen posted a .271/.331/.422 line in 2011, which was 23rd in MLB in OPS. Moreland's an effective hitter against right-handed pitching and the Rangers have shown they can win in spite of his struggles against left-handers.

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