ESPN The Detroit Tigers have agreed to trade first baseman Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers for second baseman Ian Kinsler, a source confirmed to ESPN. The agreement was first reported by CBSSports.com. Physicals are still needed to complete the deal, and another unidentified player could be involved in the deal, according to the report. The Rangers are reportedly one of the team’s included in Fielder’s limited no-trade clause. Fielder would have to waive his right to veto the deal, but, according to the report, Fielder is likely to do just that. Fielder, 29, hit .279 with 25 home runs and 106 RBIs last season, his second with the Tigers. Fielder signed a nine-year, $214 million contract with Detroit prior to the 2012 season. Kinsler, 31, hit .277 with 13 home runs and 72 RBIs last season with Texas.
The first major trade of the 2013 MLB offseason is a huge one, as the Detroit Tigers shipped slugging first baseman Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers for second baseman Ian Kinsler, in a swap of All-Stars. I think that the move makes a lot of sense for both teams, the Detroit Tigers struggled defensively last season and get an excellent defensive infielder who can hit, and they will be able to move MVP candidate Miguel Cabrera back to first bast to protect him and keep his bat in the lineup. Cabrera broke down as they year wore on last season, as he played third base to accommodate Fielder, and the two of them on the field at the same time made for a horrible defensive infield. The Rangers desperately lacked a power bat last season, especially once Nelson Cruz was suspended, and now they get one of the most dangerous big bats in baseball by acquiring Fielder. A surprising trade for both teams, but also one that makes sense, and could end up being a win-win. It als0 means that, by taking on Fielder’s big contract, the Rangers will likely lose free agent Cruz this offseason and the move will allow the Tigers to keep some of their own free agents.