The AL Central Champion Detroit Tigers made waves in the baseball world tonight by sending Prince Fielder and $30 million to the Texas Rangers in exchange for All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler. Heyman had it first, but the details trickled in from everywhere after that.
Fielder for Kinsler trade has been agreed to. http://t.co/9D3YUw36G5
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 21, 2013
Source: Detroit will be sending $30 million to Texas in the Prince Fielder deal.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 21, 2013
Fielder still has seven years and $168 million left on his contract ($24 million per season through 2020), while Kinsler will make $57 million through the 2017 season.
The move addresses several critical needs for the division-rival Tigers, perhaps foremost among them allowing the defensively challenged MVP Miguel Cabrera to move to first base permanently. Moving Cabrera across the diamond would open third base for uber-prospect Nick Castellanos to vie for Rookie of the Year honors in 2014. Additionally, the move should free up enough cash for Detroit to make a serious run at extending Cy Young winner Max Scherzer to a long-term contract, which would establish Detroit’s rotation as the best in baseball for years to come.
Finally, let’s not leave out the fact that Detroit also added an All-Star second baseman–a position of significant need over the last several years.
It’s hard to look at this move as anything but a net win for the Tigers. GM Dave Dombrowski managed to address a position of need while extracting maximum value out of a contract that was starting to look like a bit of an overpay.
Goodnight, Sweet Prince.