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Fielder released by Rangers more than year after last game

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Prince Fielder has been released by the Texas Rangers, more than 15 months after playing his last game and still owed about $72 million over the next three seasons.

The Rangers reached a settlement with the company that insured the contract. General manager Jon Daniels said Wednesday that he couldn't discuss details, but it allowed the team to release Fielder and free up a spot on its 40-man roster.

Fielder had to quit playing in July 2016 after his second cervical fusion in his neck in just over two years. He didn't formally retire, and the Rangers had kept him on the roster to receive disability insurance payments that covered part of his salary.

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