Posted November 21, 2013

Tigers trade Prince Fielder to Rangers for Ian Kinsler

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Prince Fielder has 289 career home runs in nine Major League seasons. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Tigers 1B Prince Fielder has 285 career home runs in nine Major League seasons. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers agreed to a deal sending Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder and cash considerations to Texas for second baseman Ian Kinsler, the Tigers announced Wednesday night.

The trade would be complete pending physicals for both players and Fielder’s approval, since he has a limited no-trade clause in his contract, according to the CBSSports.com.

Fielder, 29, has spent the past two seasons with the Tigers and hit .279 with 25 home runs and 106 RBI last season.

Fielder signed a nine-year deal worth $214 million with the Tigers before the 2012 season.

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Fielder is owed $168 million over the next seven seasons. Kinsler has four years and $62 million left on his contract, which the Tigers will now assume. Detroit will reportedly send $30 million to Texas in the deal.

Kinsler had spent his entire eight-year career with the Rangers. He batted .277 last season, hit 13 home runs and drove in 72 runs.

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72 comments
TeamCropDusters
TeamCropDusters

Now go after Beltran and Tanaka, get another Catcher, and call it a day.

Vinny Cordoba
Vinny Cordoba

Did they also trade his buffet table to Texas?

supabo
supabo

Nobody will miss Prince "Easy Out" Fielder in Detroit with his rotten nonchalant attitude. Maybe it's a good thing for him as he may burn some pounds in the Texas heat. GO TIGERS

RalphPleczkowskiJr.
RalphPleczkowskiJr.

Now people are going to pitch around Cabrera. Now there's another right handed bat in the lineup. Ian Kinsler is incredibly prone to injury.Bad trade.

canadianox
canadianox

I would take Kinsler over Fielder in a heartbeat. Kinsler may be better all around right now - imagine 3 years from now. Tigers fans should like this, but reading this board, not all do.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

Detroit sending Fielder and $30M to the Rangers is a good move.  They now have breathing space for Scherzer and Cabrera.

Add in two years of salary ($46M) and Prince wound up costing Detroit $76M for a two-year "rental."  In other words, $38M a year.  Wow. 

airmjbsanders
airmjbsanders

So the Tigers are closin their own chip window after just 3 seasons -- what a GD shame!  This move is @ nothin but $.  And to think I'm old enough to remember when DET was still a big mkt.  SMH...

QuikMix
QuikMix

i like it for both teams.  should be interesting.  If i had to guess, i'm going to say that Detroit got the better end of the deal.

PKpwnage
PKpwnage

Looking at the article, it seems Texas will be paying only $138m of Prince's $168m contract? I like the move for Texas if they make the money work; Prince is a power hitter they lacked after Cruz was suspended and will give them a consistent 1B starter. Profar has some big shoes to fill, but Texas would have the best infield in the game with Fielder/Profar/Andrus/Beltre.

The challenge for Detroit is to take that new cap space and turn it into an excellent roster move(s).

Joseph9
Joseph9

Well, there goes Miggy's next triple crown, LOL. Fielder will undoubtedly lead the league in homers in that bandbox in Texas. That said, this looks like a win-win to me. Tigers unload enough salary to keep Scherzer, don't have to worry about second base and improve their infield defense immensely (Miggy to first, Nick C. to third), and have enough money to pursue some more pop in left and a closer. Rangers get the pop they missed this year, have their replacement second baseman all set, and get a guy that, trouble in the post-season aside, will play every single day.

EnashWaca
EnashWaca

I thought Fielder played a pretty good 1st base whenever I saw him in the field.  For a big guy, he has good reflexes and has a good feel for the position

matthewfreitas27
matthewfreitas27

Dana, welcome to my Giants and Pablo Sandoval...same story, different boiler

biasedsportsfan
biasedsportsfan

That's what happens when you have 0 1st/3rd basemen and 3 DHs.

MichaelC
MichaelC

Nice trade between two of the most overrated players in the game. Fielder is just another poster-fat-child for the dangers of overpaying 1B heading toward the wrong side of 30. His decline will be very steep (think Mo Vaughn or Ryan Howard). Kinsler gets away with his lack of production because the media likes good-looking white boys who represent "the right way to play the game." But he's been pretty mediocre the last couple of years.

Bored
Bored

Good bye, Prince. Actually, I mean good riddance, Prince.

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

Why not trade a guy who won't get in shape to play his best?  When a guy plays at 40+ pounds overweight, he doesn't respect the game or the team.  Odds are that he will not have a long, productive career.  They got two decent years out of him, great salary dump at this point.  Bonus for being able to protect Cabrera's poor defense, sign their pitchers, and pick up a productive second baseman. 

EnashWaca
EnashWaca

While I am happy that the Sox won it this year, i do hope the Tigers win one at some point in the near future.  They have a great team and the city of Detroit could use some good news.

trobbins88
trobbins88

Regardless of what happens, the Tigers need to sew up Scherzer and Cabrera.  Now this freed up money will help them do that.  I don't see the Cano deal happening, we need some closers...Joe Nathan's name is still being thrown around.

EnashWaca
EnashWaca

When i heard Fielder was getting moved, my first thought was they were clearing space to go after Cano.  But obviously that is not the plan.  What a trade.  Could work well for both teams.

MichaelFitzgerald
MichaelFitzgerald

Salary Cap relief for signing Scherzer, upgrading 2nd, moving Miguel back to 1st and not losing a whole lot of offensive production 

j7apple
j7apple

Its dollars and cents...

therednorth1
therednorth1

@MidwestGolfFan It's unlikely Detroit could have acquired Kinsler without having signed Fielder, so don't forget that in your calculation.  It would make just as much sense to think about that $30 million being the price to acquire Kinsler.

RayIsBipolar
RayIsBipolar

@PKpwnage You already said it, Profar has big shoes to fill. This is not the best infield in the league, at least not until Profar can prove that he is more than just potential.

 I'll take the Orioles with Davis, pick someone @ 2B, Hardy and Machado.

giantsfan291
giantsfan291

@MichaelC funny you didn't mention David Ortiz who at one time was at 1B. There are always exceptions.


matthewfreitas27
matthewfreitas27

Welcome to my Giants and Pablo Sandoval...same story, different boiler

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

Cabrera has been the worst fielding 3B in the majors over the past 2 seasons.  Way, way worse than average.  Just look up the advanced fielding statistics.

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

@Rizz10 @DanaBunner @CampbellCleary I can't imagine taking on the rest of Fielder's contract at this point.  Don't know if the Rangers did.  He is owned $168M over the next 7 years. His OPS fell to .819 this year, he had averaged about .950 over the previous 6 seasons.  He turns 30 next May.  Great time to trade him.

Rizz10
Rizz10

@DanaBunner @CampbellCleary 

Exactly. Cabrera is actually a decent fielding 1st baseman. Trade makes nothing but sense to me. Just shocked any team would want fielder after his 2 post seasons in Detroit. 

Rizz10
Rizz10

@DanaBunner 

Not to mention Fielder is a terrible fielding 1st basemen. Tigers had terrible D at the corners. 

CampbellCleary
CampbellCleary

@DanaBunner he has also won a triple crown, two batting titles, and two MVP's, so I'm pretty sure that outweighs the fielding blunders he has had.

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

@DanaBunner @CampbellCleary   No arguments there, Prince is way overweight.

But, Google articles about Miggy's weight.  You'll find quotes by Leyland about him and his weight over the past couple of yrs.

Miggy broke into the bigs at 185 lbs and is now only listed around 260 lbs or so but has been well above that (go read Leyland's quotes).

Prince, WAY overweight.  Miggy, overweight too, but not as much.