Prince Fielder To Rangers
The Texas Rangers acquired first baseman Prince Fielder and money considerations from the Detroit Tigers for second baseman Ian Kinsler, the Rangers confirmed Wednesday night time.
The commerce settlement was first reported by CBSSports.com.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski called his counterpart in Texas, Jon Daniels, Tuesday morning and floated the concept of buying and selling Fielder for Kinsler.
“Dave known as yesterday and threw out the idea,” Daniels said. “We had slightly dialogue before on it. From there, David and I had a collection of cellphone calls and both sides were interested and we obtained the cash where either side may stay with it.”
It was made official Wednesday night. As a part of the deal, the Tigers are sending $30 million to Texas to offset Fielder’s cost, senior baseball analyst Keith Law confirmed. Fielder needed to approve the deal and did.
Fielder still has $168 million on account of him over the next seven seasons, so Texas can pay him $138 million over that period.
Kinsler is guaranteed $sixty two million over the next four seasons, which includes a $5 million buyout on his 2018 membership choice. In whole, Detroit can pay $92 million in the deal – $sixty two million to Kinsler and $30 million to Texas for Fielder.
The Tigers were not among the groups on Kinsler’s no-trade list.
Fielder, 29, hit279 with 25 homers and 106 RBIs in 2013, his second season in Detroit. He offers the Rangers a power-hitting, left-handed hitter for the center of their lineup, one thing Daniels listed as the top priority heading into the offseason.
“He suits what we’re on the lookout for – a middle-of-the-order power risk that is durable and performs to win,” Daniels said. “He is a great complement with Adrian Beltre in the course of our order.”
Daniels added that Fielder will be the main first baseman and that the membership is still determining Mitch Moreland’s role.
The Tigers get a 3-time All-Star second baseman and somebody who has hit in various components of the lineup. Kinsler, 31, batted277 with thirteen homers and 72 RBIs final season.
Kinsler nonetheless has 4 years and $62 million assured remaining on his contract. That features a $5 million buyout on his club choice for 2018.
The move gives the Tigers some contract aid and it opens the door to put prospect Nick Castellanos at third base and shifting Miguel Cabrera, the 2-time defending AL MVP, to first base.
The Rangers can put highly-touted prospect Jurickson Profar at second base in Kinsler’s place, relieving the logjam at center infield.
It is the first headline-grabbing transfer of baseball’s offseason, and it includes two of the American League’s top teams. Detroit has gained three consecutive AL Central titles and reached the World Series in 2012, while Texas gained the AL pennant in 2010 and 2011.
But neither staff was about to stand pat. With stars like Fielder, Justin Verlander, Cabrera and Anibal Sanchez within the fold, Detroit’s payroll had turn into one of many sport’s largest, and although Fielder hit 55 house runs over the last two years for the Tigers, his numbers dipped this season and he struggled in the playoffs when Detroit misplaced to Boston in the AL Championship Collection.
The trade may give Detroit extra financial flexibility, with Cy Younger Award winner Max Scherzer a season away from free agency.
Daniels acknowledged that Fielder is coming off a season in which many of his offensive numbers have been the worst of his profession. But the normal manager added that the Rangers likely could not make the deal if Fielder had played in addition to he had in the past.
Fielder’s batting common (.279), dwelling runs (25), OPS (.819) and slugging proportion (.457) were all down from 2012. The slugging, OPS and homers were the lowest of his career.
Nonetheless, Fielder has been durable – at the least 157 video games in each of his eight full seasons – and regardless of the drop in his numbers last season, is still very productive and brings a giant bat to the Rangers’ lineup.
“If anyone looks like that is an indication of things to come that he is slipping, you may not like the deal,” Daniels mentioned. “We don’t really feel that means. We’re excited by what we see of him sooner or later.”
As for the place Fielder will bat, manager Ron Washington hasn’t decided that but. He did say he desires to go away Beltre on the cleanup spot.
Washington said he’s excited to put in writing Fielder’s identify on the lineup card next season.
“He has presence,” Washington stated. “He is been a very productive player. He is a successful player. I do consider he’ll match properly on this clubhouse.”