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November 25, 2013

Rangers introduce Prince Fielder

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ARLINGTON, Texas —

“But I’m going to try to take it year by year,” he said. “It’s definitely not going be a challenge. Baseball, I love this game. So why would I do anything to cost myself not to be able to play.”

Texas settled one of the its primary offseason wants with the acquisition of Fielder, while also opening a spot at second base for talented youngster Jurickson Profar.

“We certainly this winter were searching to get more production in our lineup,” manager Ron Washington said, before patting the big first baseman on the back. “I don’t think (general manager) Jon Daniels could have given us an earlier Christmas present than giving us Prince Fielder. I’ve always enjoyed watching him play from afar. Now I get to watch him on a daily basis.”

Among the needs the Rangers still have this offseason, after missing the playoffs for the first time in four years, are left field, designated hitter and a backup catcher behind Geovany Soto.

“We’re still looking at different ways to get better,” Daniels said. “I think we’ve got a pretty good start. ... A 29-year old power hitter in the prime of his career, one of the most productive players in the game. Maybe just as importantly to us, he really stands for a lot of thing and exemplifies a lot of the things that Wash pushes, and you see from our team. He has fun out there, but he plays hard, comes to play every day, runs hard, doesn’t take at-bats off.”

Fielder has played in 505 consecutive major league games, giving the stout first baseman the longest current active streak. He has played in 809 of 810 possible games since the start of 2009.

Asked about his will to want to play every day, Fielder talked about fouling a ball off of his shin when he was 11 years old.

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