According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers have agreed in principle to a deal that would send Prince Fielder to the Rangers in exchange for Ian Kinsler. This is a huge blockbuster trade that has shaken the baseball world. This deal has been agreed upon, but it has to wait until physicals have been taken to be processed.
The Rangers pursued Prince Fielder in free agency two years ago, but came up short as the Tigers gave him a larger contract to sign in Detroit. Kinsler has a lot of money left on his contract as well and could be a very nice fit at second base for the Tigers. Texas was willing to make this move because Jurickson Profar is ready to take over for Kinsler whenever the Rangers decide that the time has come.
Prince Fielder had a very good season last year with the Tigers, batting for a .279 average with 25 HR’s and 106 RBI’s. Obviously his RBI numbers were a bit down, but it will be interesting to see how he’s able to fare with the Texas Rangers. It’s unclear how the Rangers will use Fielder, but they have been looking for a power bat to help their lineup.
The Tigers make this deal because they have been trying to open up some money to allow them to sign pitcher Max Scherzer to a new, long-term deal. They didn’t necessarily want to trade Fielder, but they’re getting a very talented player back in return in Ian Kinsler, and he will be an offensive threat as well.
Obviously, this is a huge move and more coverage will be had here on Pro Sports Extra in the next couple days. Stay tuned for more information on the deal.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.