Ryan: Texas talks with Fielder `very preliminary'

Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan
describes the team's discussions with free agent slugger Prince
Fielder as "very preliminary."
Ryan publicly acknowledged Saturday that he and other Rangers
officials had an initial meeting with Fielder and his agent, Scott
During a question-and-answer session with fans at the team's
annual winter FanFest, Ryan said the meeting Friday was to try to
get a true feel for what Fielder and Boras are thinking. Ryan says
it is very early in any type of negotiation process to even know if
something might work out between the AL champion Rangers and the
27-year-old first baseman.
The Rangers have a Wednesday deadline to complete a contract
with Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish. Ryan has expressed optimism that
will happen.