Tigers Swap Fielder To Rangers For Kinsler

The Deal
Prince Fielder (Photo by Andrew Woolley)

Prince Fielder (Photo by Andrew Woolley)

The Rangers tried but failed to sign Prince Fielder as a free agent after the 2011 season. Two years later they got their man in a blockbuster trade with the Tigers in which they surrendered second baseman Ian Kinsler.

As an added bonus, the Rangers get Fielder at a discount, because the Tigers are kicking in $30 million in the deal. That subsidy effectively reduces Texas’ commitment to the 29-year-old first baseman to seven years and $138 million, a reduction in average annual value from $24 million per year to about $19.7 million. The Tigers will begin sending payments in 2016.

Kinsler will replace free agent second baseman Omar Infante in Detroit, and the Tigers are on the hook for four years and $62 million, once, that is, Kinsler’s $5 million buyout for 2018 is exercised.

 

Rangers Acquire

Prince Fielder, 1b
Age: 29. Bats: L.
Remaining commitment: Seven years, $138 million, factoring in Tigers’ contribution of $30 million.

Year Club Lg AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG OPS
2011 Milwaukee NL .299 162 569 95 170 36 1 38 120 107 106 1 .415 .566 .981
2012 Detroit AL .313 162 581 83 182 33 1 30 108 85 84 1 .412 .528 .940
2013 Detroit AL .279 162 624 82 174 36 0 25 106 75 117 1 .362 .457 .819

 

The Rangers entered the offseason seeking offense, with the likely losses of right fielder Nelson Cruz and catcher A.J. Pierzynski. The club is rumored to be interested in catcher Brian McCann and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, but had long had interest in Fielder. (With Fielder batting behind him in Detroit, Miguel Cabrera enjoyed his two MVP seasons.) The trade of Kinsler allows the Rangers to play top rookie Jurickson Profar at second base while keeping Elvis Andrus rooted at shortstop. General manager Jon Daniels said the team will continue to look for another bat.

 

Tigers Acquire

Ian Kinsler, 2b
Age: 31. Bats: R.
Remaining commitment: Four years, $62 million, factoring in $5 million buyout of 2018 option.

Year Club Lg AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG OPS
2011 Texas AL .255 155 620 121 158 34 4 32 77 89 71 30 .355 .477 .832
2012 Texas AL .256 157 655 105 168 42 5 19 72 60 90 21 .326 .423 .749
2013 Texas AL .277 136 545 85 151 31 2 13 72 51 59 15 .344 .413 .757

 

Prior to making this deal, the Tigers kicked around the idea of playing rookie Hernan Perez at second base to replace free agent Omar Infante. Now, if Detroit so chooses it can move top prospect Nick Castellanos back to third base and move Miguel Cabrera back to first, where he played prior to Fielder’s acquisition.

 

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