The career of Texas Rangers designated hitter Prince Fielder is likely over, as he is medically disabled and doctors will not clear him to play, according to multiple reports. Fielder, 32, hasn’t played since July 19 after an MRI revealed a herniation of disks in his neck just above an area that was repaired two years ago. According to Fox Sports, which first reported that Fielder would not play again, the slugger had season-ending neck surgery last month.

Fielder is hitting .212 with eight home runs and 44 RBIs this season. He has 319 career home runs in 12 seasons for the Brewers, Tigers and Rangers. Fielder will finish with the same career home run total as his father, Cecil, who was a major leaguer for 13 seasons with five teams. The six-time All-Star is scheduled to receive $24 million annually through 2020 as part of the nine-year, $214 million deal he signed with the Tigers in 2012. The Tigers traded him to the Rangers in the 2013 offseason in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler. Fielder was the seventh overall pick by the Brewers in 2002. He made his major league debut with Milwaukee in 2005.

When a player officially retires before the expiry of his contract, he essentially walks away from the money remaining on the deal. But that is not believed to be the case with Fielder and the Rangers. Because MLB contracts are guaranteed, Fielder is still entitled to be compensated for the remaining salary. That means that the additional $6 million the Tigers agreed to pay Texas annually in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler when the two players were swapped in a trade in 2013 is still owed. Detroit, with a payroll that is pushing $200 million, remains on the hook for that money as long as Fielder cannot play for medical reasons.

The Rangers would receive some sort of monetary relief, assuming they had Fielder’s contract insured — The Dallas Morning News reported the Rangers had 50 percent coverage, so would receive $9 million yearly per the terms of said policy — but the Tigers will not. Payroll was cited by Tigers general manager Al Avila as one of the major factors that prevented the team from buying at the trade deadline, though high asking prices for starting pitchers and relievers was believed to be a bigger deterrent. Fielder’s annual lump sum factors into that payroll figure, and will remain on the books through 2020. Fielder spent two seasons in Detroit, during which he amassed 356 hits, 55 home runs and 214 RBI.

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