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Prince Fielder Traded to Rangers for Ian Kinsler

A shocking trade in the world of baseball Wednesday night — the Tigers sent Prince Fielder to the Rangers in exchange for Ian Kinsler.

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Prince Fielder is headed to Texas in a shocking deal.

Fielder is just 29 years old and despite his size is one of the most durable players in the league — he played in all 162 games in four of the past five seasons. His power seems to be a bit in decline, as he hit just 25 home runs this past season, down from a career high of 50 in 2007.

Still though, it is difficult to understand why the Tigers would give him up for Kinsler, a 31-year-old second baseman whose power decline is even more precipitous. Kinsler slugged 32 home runs in 2011; last season he hit just 13.

Obviously this is a salary dump by the Tigers. Prince Fielder is owed $168 million over the next seven years. But Kinsler is not cheap — he is due $62 million over the next four seasons, including a $5 million buyout of a fifth year. And the Tigers are likely to include some cash in the deal. (UPDATE: Reports say $30 million will go to Texas).

There was talk that a cash crunch could force the Tigers could trade Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer this off-season, but now that does not appear necessary.

The trade is a win-win for the Rangers. Not only do they get one of the top power hitters in the game in Fielder, but they get rid of Kinsler to free up a spot for super-prospect Jurickson Profar.

This is a great trade for the Rangers. For the Tigers, not so much.

2 thoughts on “Prince Fielder Traded to Rangers for Ian Kinsler

  • could the mets go after moreland for 1st base?

    that was my first thought when i saw this

  • Mark Berman

    I don’t know much about Mitch Moreland, but looking at his stats, would he be an upgrade over Davis or Duda? Lefty batter with some power, low average, high strikeouts — sounds familiar! But I guess I would take him. The Mets need to change things up any way they can.

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