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The Texas Rangers acquired first baseman Prince Fielder and cash considerations from the Detroit Tigers for second baseman Ian Kinsler, the Rangers confirmed Wednesday night.
The trade agreement was first reported by CBSSports.com.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski called his counterpart in Texas, Jon Daniels, Tuesday morning and floated the idea of trading Fielder for Kinsler.
What a way to start the offseason eh?
Just when you the Rangers could be down and out, they're suddenly looking formidable having Fielder protect Adrian Beltre. They desperately needed a power hitting lefty to fill the void of Josh Hamilton & Mike Napoli. This also opens the door for uber prospect Jurickson Profar to be their everyday second basemen... that is if they don't try and go after Robinson Cano. The thought of seeing Cano, Beltre, and Fielder in the middle of that lineup is scary.
The Rangers can also have the luxury of making Fielder a Fielder by name only, as they have no one else for their DH. By doing so this still leaves the door open for Mike Napoli to return to Texas and if that happens, I may faint.
Meanwhile, the Tigers suddenly have some flexbility, something that could've helped them in the ALCS. They can move Miguel Cabrera back to first and put their top prospect Nick Castellanos at third. Or they could re-sign Jhonny Peralta and have him and Jose Iglesias switch between shortstop and third base. The only concern might be how pitchers treat Cabrera now that he doesn't have Fielder protecting him... ahh who am i kidding. The guy can have Iglesias batting behind him and he could still go for .325/35/120.
To off-set the salaries, the Tigers sent over $30 million to the Rangers, which added with Kinsler's deal is still $76 million less than what Fielder is owed. This frees up cash for the Tigers to extend Max Scherzer to a long-term deal or possibly go after Jacoby Ellsbury. That move wouldn't be all that surprising since they do need someone with speed to run the bases and cover a bunch of ground out in Comerica.
This move might be impossible to trump but it just put the rest of the teams in the American League on notice. This is going to be a fun offseason.
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