On the phone Thursday, fresh off a quick Bahamas vacation, Prince Fielder sounded mellow, man, about his new digs in Arlington.

“I think it’s going to be OK,” he said, then corrected himself. “No, actually I think it’s going to be good. I’m excited about it.”

If so, you could barely tell from the tone of voice.

Don’t let the voice fool you.

Fielder may sound mellow, may even occasionally sound rather nonchalant, but his actions speak louder than his words. His actions suggest he very much wants to be in Texas. Fielder, who spent some of his early adolescent years in Las Colinas, had a no-trade clause that could have blocked Detroit from dealing him to the Rangers. Despite having the most powerful agent in baseball, Scott Boras, he waived the most precious contract perk in the game for nary a penny in return.

As somebody said Thursday when asked what the going rate for waiving a no-trade clause was these days, the response was: “A ballpark with a much friendlier right field.”

The Ballpark’s short right-field fences — they are five feet closer down the line and seven feet closer in the gaps than Detroit’s Comerica Park — are reason for Fielder to get excited. They beckon the left-handed power hitter like a seductress. And the left-field dimensions are likely to snap Fielder out of the opposite-field malaise that overcame him last year and led to the lowest slugging percentage of his career.

The fences, though, aren’t the only thing that should excite Fielder. After a year headlined by a divorce that also included a subpar season and a disappointing playoff performance, a new home might just be all he needs.

“I thought it would be good for everyone,” Fielder said. “I just wanted everyone to be happy. … I’ll take it. It’s a fresh start. I’m just happy to be with Texas, and hopefully we can have a good year.”
Of 2013, he said: “It is what it is. Everybody is alive. So it’s all going to be all right.”

It is a rather stoic stance, but it’s not inconsistent. After the Tigers were knocked out of the AL Championship Series a year after falling in the World Series, Fielder took a similar approach.