As you've surely heard by now, the Rangers and Tigers have agreed to a blockbuster trade with nearly a quarter-of-a-billion dollars on the move. Prince Fielder and $30M are headed to Texas and Ian Kinsler will now man second base for Detroit. The deal was originally reported by CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.
This deal materialized in the matter of a few minutes as far as the general public was concerned.
Fielder for Kinsler blockbuster is on the table. a possibility. http://t.co/9D3YUw36G5— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 21, 2013
Fielder for Kinsler trade has been agreed to. http://t.co/9D3YUw36G5— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 21, 2013
30 minutes to be exact. News travels fast.
The Tigers have effectively unburdened themselves in this deal, saving $76M after the cash considerations and Kinsler's remaining $62M are paid out. That flexibility could help GM Dave Dombrowski in his efforts to extend Miguel Cabrera and Max Scherzer in the near future, but some of the praise directed at Dombrowski seems a little injudicious. He was, after all, the man that decided to sign Fielder to a nine-year, $214M deal in the first place. Fielder didn't help his Motor City approval rating much when he appeared to be indifferent after the Tigers were eliminated from the postseason. His .196/.267/.239 slash line in 101 playoff plate appearances didn't exactly enamor Tiger fans either. Ian Kinsler gives Detroit a solid producer to fill their opening at second base.
Texas coveted Fielder considerably during the 2011 offseason, but GM Jon Dainels wasn't able to convince Rangers brass that the invest was worth it. Prince is incredibly durable, despite his weight, having started all but one, single game in the last five years of his career. The concern with the length of his contract (and the amount) isn't necessarily that he will miss a lot of time due to his body composition. It's that his skills will decline, perhaps like his father's did (at about age 32). His future is obviously undecided, and in the mean time, Texas has acquired the middle-of-the-order bat they were looking for. Fielder's power numbers could spike considerably in the well-known slugging haven of the Ballpark in Arlington. Trading Kinsler was the best financial option to solve their infielder surplus. Now, Jurickson Profar can play second on a day-to-day basis.
Both sides of this trade have positives and negatives. But who do you think came out on top?
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