Sometimes these deals can get pretty complicated. It's virtually impossible for regular people to truly understand how much money has changed hands. And a player's future value on the field is kind of murky. But the easiest way to assess this monolithic transaction is to simply look at the basic numbers that are available.
The Rangers added payroll
$168M (Prince Fielder's remaining contract)
- $62M (Ian Kinsler's remaining contract)
+$30M (cash considerations from DET)
The Tigers subtracted payroll
$62M (Ian Kinsler's remaining contract)
-$168M (Prince Fielder's remaining contract)
-$30M (cash considerations to TEX)
The Rangers added a 3+ fWAR player for 2014
Steamer projections have Fielder slashing .286/.387/.498 & 3.7 fWAR next year.
The Tigers also added a 3+ fWAR player for 2014
Steamer projections have Kinsler slashing .262/.337/.426 & 3.6 fWAR next year.
The Rangers are committed for 7 more years
The Tigers are committed for 4 more years
Both players' best might already be behind them
Advantage: the other 28 teams
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