Detroit Tigers trade Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers for Ian Kinsler

The Tigers have traded Prince Fielder to the Rangers for Ian Kinsler

11/21/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Oct 17, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder (28) reacts at the end of the first inning in game five of the American League Championship Series baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY SportsThe Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers made the first blockbuster move of the offseason, sending first baseman Prince Fielder to Arlington, with second baseman Ian Kinsler heading to Detroit.

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.
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11/21/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

This is a rare instance where I think both teams benefit from the trade. Sure, Texas is taking on $72 million more, but I don't think it will be prohibitive to anything else they want to do. For Texas, now Jurickson Profar has a place to play, and they majorly upgrade their DH spot. For Detroit, their infield defense improves drastically with Miggy moving over to first and presumably young Nick Castellanos taking over at third. Plus Detroit gets Fielder's albatross contract off the books. 

11/21/13   |   Scott   |   53606 respect

Rangers get the left handed power bat that they have been looking for since Josh Hamilton left and the Tigers get their 2nd baseman and dump enough salary that should allow them to resign Scherzer and make sure that Miguel Cabrera retires a Tiger.

Definitely a win/win for both teams