Heyman: Rangers, Tigers swap Fielder for Kinsler


Via Jon Heyman: The Rangers and Tigers have agreed to a trade that will send Prince Fielder to Texas for Ian Kinsler. It’s a one-for-one swap and the Rangers will get some cash as well.. The trade has some affect on the Yankees since the Tigers and Rangers were potential suitors for Robinson Cano, moreso the former. Detroit now has a second baseman and the Rangers just took on a huge contract that runs though 2020. Hot stove!

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  1. steve (different one) says:

    holy crap.

  2. Thomas says:

    Well that escalated quickly. It looks like a good deal.

  3. Nuke Guy says:

    Detroit has to get much more than just Kinsler for Fielder. I guess the offseason has officially started.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

      Depends if/how much of Fielder’s contract Detroit is eating.
      If Texas is taking the whole contract, Kinsler is probably a more than fair return.

      • Nuke Guy says:

        Any ideas on why they’re already getting rid of Fielder after just two seasons? I’d say they could do a lot better than just Kinsler.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

          Fielder is already looking overpaid and has 7 years and massive $$ left on his deal.
          This could give Detroit more payroll flexibility and let them move Miggy back to 1B.

          • Nuke Guy says:

            Forgot all about Miggy. Maybe they’ll try and extend him and Scherzer with some more money now. A pretty surprising move though. I would never have guessed that Fielder would be going anywhere this offseason.

          • Jonathan says:

            THANK YOU!!! Everyone thought Fielder would age poorly and has ZERO baseball skills besides his bat. On top of that at age 29 he had his lowest slugging % ever and dropped off quite a bit. After seeing Pujols/Agonz/Tex decline with their huge contracts this is going to be way worse. At age 29 Prince was worth about 2 fWAR aka he was an average player. So an extremely overweight player with no skills but his bat (so he doesn’t have anywhere else to makeup value) is getting paid $24MM for another 7 years and he’s already an average player on the decline. This could get ugly. On top of that they get to move Miggy to 1B and hopefully keep him healthy and move Castellanos in to 3B.

            Does anyone think Prince gets 7 years and $165MM after posting a .457 slugging percentage while being awful on defense and the bases? Robbie had a better year at the plate while playing good-great defense at 2B and that’s a reasonable contract for him. I can’t believe people think the Rangers didn’t just completely screw themselves.

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              Actually, there were more than a few people on here who argued the Yanks should have given him that deal. I always thought that kind of contract for Fielder was bonkers.

        • BigLoving says:

          Probably a big part of it is so they can move Miggy back over to 1b. Maybe the Rangers will make a run at Cano and try to trade Andrus?

        • qwerty says:

          Well, if you look at Fielder’s advanced numbers you see a disturbing downward trend for the last two seasons when it comes to his ability to get around on the hard stuff compared to his best years in Milwaukee. His BB% is also way down. That’s not a good sign for someone who’s only 29 and signed for 7 more years. Fielder may only have two good years left in him before we see a big dropoff coming. Daniels must be desperate for a championship.

        • D$1184 says:

          Tigers want to keep Cy Young winner Max Scherzer who is set to be a free agent after 2014 and Justin Verlander’s contract kicks up to $28 million in 2015. This move saves the Tigers about $76 million.

  4. kenthadley says:

    Doesn’t leave much wiggle room for Cano.

    • The Troll Monger says:

      They could still sign Cano, move either Robbie or Kinsler to 3B.

      • Havok9120 says:

        Yeah, but you’ve got Castellanos waiting in the wings, apparently. Plus you need some money for Scherzer/Miggy.

        They could still do it, sure, but that’s a lot of moving pieces.

  5. dars says:

    Cano is the biggest loser on this! He better agree to the Yankee offer or he will find himself with no one to take him and signing a 1 year deal somewhere where he does not like….
    I insist the Yankees are better off without Cano, and rather use the money to create depth, with what they are likley to pay Cano, they can get Peralta, Drew and Infante and still have money for McAnn and Beltran. A team with Drew at SS, Peralta at 3B and Infante at 2B is much better than one with Cano, Brendan Ryan and David Adams….

  6. mustang says:

    Another side bar does this now take Texas out of the McCann race?

    They picked up a big bat and $$$$ so maybe they don’t want to add another big contract.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Depends on who is sending how much money where. I can see this actually meaning they go harder after McCann to add some power.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

        I think Texas has plenty of money to spend.

        • Havok9120 says:

          Yeah, sure looks that way. Especially since they’re getting enough money to make Prince cost under 20 million/year.

          Just not sure they’re gonna have an offseason planning to make as many moves as that would indicate. Plus I’m not sure they’re willing to take payroll into the 160 million range without picking up some more pitching.

    • Tom says:

      The other impact beyond money – they now have a future long term DH (playing 1st base for a while) in Fielder.

      So if folks really think McCann will be moving off catcher toward the end of his next deal, it does set up a bit of a logjam. (still two slots assuming one could play 1st though)

      The other aspect is they are both lefties, which I think might make them a bit less inclined now toward McCann as they really need right handed power.

      • D$1184 says:

        I don’t know about that–a 3-4-5 of Fielder, Adrian Beltre and Brian McCann, that would make the Rangers a dangerous team.

  7. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    So now Detroit will be in the market for a third baseman as well.

  8. Handsome B. Wonderful says:

    A 300-pounder in 100-degree Texas heat every day in the summer? Are they high?

    • nycsportzfan says:

      I think Fielder has played in hot weather enough to deal with it. Playing in Texas heat isn’t gonna change anything hes gonna do with the team.

    • Eselquetodolosabe says:

      Bravo ! And ironically, he’s a vegetarian. Must be eating ho-ho’s, ring dings and cheez whiz. Shaking my head ! I saw a player who looked to be on the decline. His power numbers were down, which was key to his value, along with carrying a huge residual balance on that mammoth, ill-advised contract, as well as being considerably over-weight. Someone asked, if Kinsler was all Detroit was getting ? Are you kidding me ? Unless they’re eating part of this contract, Detroit is doing back-flips and cart-wheels.

  9. nycsportzfan says:

    The other day i was sayng how it was alittle quiet and i was sick of all the rumours and no one doing anything, albeit, i did mention i don’t need to see all the big signings, but at least something to wet the appetite, and boom, here you have it! A few signings over the past couple days with Latroy Hawkins, Carlos Ruiz,and Tim Hudson, and now a blockbuster trade with Prince and Kinsler.

    Now the Hot stove is cooking alittle bit, which is what i expected.

  10. Now Batting says:

    It must be really nice not to have your better players come with no trade clauses.

  11. Without the full details, I’m inclined to think the Tigers just made out like bandits here.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Yeah. Depends on where the money is going and if there’s another player, but it looks pretty good for them so far.

    • Ethan says:

      They’re taking on a lot of payroll though. I’m not sure, I think Detroit won this trade. They got the best of Prince’s years and are shipping the decline off to someone else.

  12. TWTR says:

    Ninja GM move.

  13. TheRealGreg says:

    Jeff Passan ?@JeffPassan 5m
    Source: Detroit will be sending $30 million to Texas in the Prince Fielder deal.

  14. qwerty says:

    It’s always amazing how easy other teams are able to move unmovable contracts, but we’re always “stuck” with whomever signs with us.

  15. Dale Mohorcic says:

    Looks like the Rangers got hosed. Arlington plays better than Comerica, but I think that Texas heat might kill fat Fielder.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Forget that, I’m not sure trading those contracts is the way too go no matter whether it makes room for Profar or not. Don’t know you want 7 years of Prince, especially when he doesn’t seem to be The One Missing Piece.

  16. Tipsie says:

    Prediction: Cano to Detroit. Kinsler 3B / Iglesias ss / Cano 2B / Cabrera 1B

    • D$1184 says:

      Detroit can’t do that AND sign Max Scherzer.

      • Dave says:

        Quite the contrary — they just took a huge chunk of money with Fielder off the books and were only at 148 million last season. Assuming both Cano/Scherzer get $50 million between the 2, they are still under the cap. Not too mention, they have close to 25 million coming off after next year with Hunter/Martinez. Scherzer is actually arb this year too so they don’t even have to extend him until mid season if they want to avoid any chance of going over the cap this year.

        All said, while they probably won’t max out the cap, they could sign both and stay under it…

        • Greg says:

          They didn’t just take a huge chunk of money off the books. They dropped Fielder ($24mill) picked up Kinsler ($16mill) and shipped an additional $30mill to Texas ($4.28mill per year over the 7 on Prince’s deal), so they save less than $4mill in each of the next 4 seasons.

    • qwerty says:

      You’re forgetting the part where they probably have the best third base prospect in the minors ready to come up and play full time.

  17. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Smart of Detroit to get out of the rest of that deal. Really questionable to give it to him in the first place, and they’ve looked like perennial bridesmaids thus far. Perhaps a small shakeup helps.

    Hey, maybe these sorts of moves show the Yanks it’s going to take being active to be this competitive thing they say they want to remain.

  18. Lukaszek says:

    Didn’t see that coming…

  19. Neil says:

    Would it have been possible to trade Texiera for Kinsler?

    I’m not sure if I would have done it, but I just wonder. There is no way that Kinsler/Morales makes us a better team than Cano/Tex. Granted I suppose that money could be used to sign Choo/McCann.

  20. Mike CT says:

    I think this opens up Cano going to Texas with the Rangers then trading Profar as part of a deal for another piece (Price?, Tavaras?) Which I’m fine with I’ve really had enough of the whole Cano thing. Time to move on.

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