In a move that is more about paperwork than anything else, the Texas Rangers have officially released Prince Fielder.
Fielder’s career ended in August 2016 due to a chronic neck injury. Before it ended he played for 12 seasons, batting .283/.382/.506 with 319 home runs and 1,028 RBI in 1,611 games for the Brewers, Tigers and Rangers. The 33-year-old is still owed $72 million, with the Tigers covering $18 million of it.
Presumably the move is roster or insurance related. Either way, Fielder seems to be living a pretty happy life in retirement.
Outfielder B.J. Upton went by the name B.J., short for Bossman Junior, through the 2014 season. His father Manny was known as Bossman, hence Bossman Junior. Upton decided he wanted to be referred to by his birth name Melvin starting in 2015, saying that everyone except baseball fans knew him by that name. Now, he’s back to B.J., Scott Boeck of USA TODAY Sports reports.
For those keeping score at home, Upton is the artist formerly and currently known as B.J.
Upton, 34, hasn’t played in the majors since 2016. He signed a minor league deal with the Indians in December 2017 but was released in the middle of last March and wasn’t able to latch on with another team. It seems unlikely he finds his way back to the majors.