The Tigers have traded Prince Fielder to the Rangers for Ian Kinsler
The Tigers are also sending the Rangers $30 million to help pay for Fielder's enormous contract, but the move is still a huge money saver for the Tigers.
Fielder still has 7 years and $148 million remaining on his deal. Kinsler's contract has four years left for $57 million, with a $10 million option for 2018.
This is actually an outstanding trade for both teams.
For the Tigers, they're essentially trading Fielder for Kinsler AND 2013 AL Cy Young Max Scherzer. They were looking for a way to retain Scherzer long-term, but Fielder's hefty contract was getting in the way, eating up a huge portion of their budget. With the money they saved, they can now go after Scherzer and engage in serious discussions about a long-term extension.
Miguel Cabrera can now move back to his natural position of first base, and the Tigers can use 2010 first round pick Nick Castellanos at third. Or they can explore the market and find another 3B if they're not sure Castellanos is ready.
For the Rangers, they get another huge power bat to combine with Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre. Fielder will probably hit 40 home runs in Texas and should do well in that lineup.
Defensively, the Rangers still have Elvis Andrus at shortstop and Jurickson Profar at second base, with Fielder and Beltre at the corners of a pretty solid infield.
This is a trade that makes a lot of sense for both teams, and definitely gives them both some flexibility to make some more moves this offseason. We may not have seen the last of these teams in hot stove season.