The Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers are discussing a blockbuster trade that would send first baseman Prince Fielder to Texas in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. While it is currently unclear how far talks have progressed between the teams, Heyman notes that a person involved in the talks called it a "possibility".
Fielder has a limited no-trade clause in the nine-year, $214 million contract he signed with the Tigers two years ago, but it is unknown if it allows him to block deals to Texas. The 29-year old hit .279 with 25 HR and 106 RBI on the season for Detroit, but struggled as the Tigers fell to the Red Sox in the ALCS. The Tigers have not seemed too inclined to trade him before now, but could look to move him and free up salary while filling their second base hole with a player of Kinsler's caliber.
As Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported two weeks ago, the Rangers' infield logjam has made a trade of Kinsler, Elvis Andrus of Jurickson Profar almost inevitable at this point. The team seems least inclined to trade Profar, and will likely have trouble dealing Andrus due to his eight-year, $118 million extension that begins in 2015. Kinsler is owed $57 million through 2017, making him the most likely candidate to be dealt.
While the deal seems far from done, the possibility of a mega-deal between two American League contenders is undoubtedly an interesting one. The teams will surely continue talks at the Winter Meetings in Orlando next month, and see if there is a match to be made.
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