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Tigers, Rangers agree to trade involving Prince Fielder and Ian Kinsler

Nov 20, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT

Ian Kinsler AP

Minutes ago, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that the Tigers and Rangers had been discussing a trade involving first baseman Prince Fielder and second baseman Ian Kinsler. Apparently, talks progressed quickly because both teams have agreed to a trade, Heyman reports.

Another player could be involved in the trade, but that has not been confirmed yet, nor have any possible details involving each player’s financial situation.

The Tigers will likely move Miguel Cabrera across the diamond to first base. The Tigers will some more financial flexibility with which to keep AL Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer around while they pursue a new third baseman. The Rangers, meanwhile, will fill the hole vacated by Kinsler at second base with Jurickson Profar while Fielder displaces Mitch Moreland at first base.

Update: Evan Grant tweets that the Rangers are, in fact, getting cash along with Fielder in the deal. Jon Morosi tweets that no other players are involved; it is a one-for-one trade. Jeff Passan reports that the Rangers are getting $30 million from the Tigers.

  1. joerymi - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    I am thinking this news made the Yankee’s make sure they are still chatting with Cano.

    • djpostl - Nov 20, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      How so? Texas needed to open up 2B for Profar and Detroit just came off the board as a potential ladning spot for Cano.

      • miketreedy - Nov 21, 2013 at 1:47 AM

        The Rangers could still trade Elvis to the Cardinals and move Profar to SS. This is where they prefer Profar to be playing anyways. Then they take the money saved from trading Elvis and sign Cano. The Rangers would likely get Shelby Miller (4th starter) and another player for Elvis. So this would mean Cano/Miller/additional prospect for Elvis. Not a bad deal.

      • djpostl - Nov 21, 2013 at 4:31 AM

        Keep dreaming lol.

  2. natsattack - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Dang, I love the offseason.

  3. dcs126126 - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Great trade for both teams

    • flpunx - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      Better trade for Detroit, though. Kinsler gives Detroit a competitive edge Fielder did not have in the playoffs this past season.

      • klingonj - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:06 PM

        smart call for the Tigers, not only a better edge at 2B but they get to move Miggy to 1B to minimize his lack of range

      • polegojim - Nov 20, 2013 at 11:08 PM

        Amen… Fielder = um… pretty much ‘0’… or worse… in the post season.

        Bring it on.

      • sawxalicious - Nov 21, 2013 at 1:44 AM

        (CAUTION: Small Sample Size)
        Fielder Career @ Arlington:
        13 games: .265/.373/.516 for .965 OPS 4 HR, 15 RBIs
        Kinsler Career @Comerica:
        36 games: ..200/.298/.329 for .627 OPS 3 HR, 18 RBIs

  4. samaugster23 - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    they do not need to look for a 3rd baseman, they have Nick Castellanos to play 3rd. Now, go out and get Shin-So Choo to play left and lead off. Grady Sizemore for a bench player for the OF.

    • sawxalicious - Nov 21, 2013 at 1:56 AM

      from another post of mine:

      “I think this trade works out OK for both teams. However, Detroit only has 2 guys in the regular line-up to bat from the left side-Alex Avila 11 HR, .693 OPS, and Victor Martinez 14 HR, .785 OPS (switch-hitter). That is a concern, but they’ve freed up money to maybe get another LH bat.”

      Shin Soo Choo would be perfect for the Tigers:

      1: Shin Soo Choo LF bats left
      2: Ian Kinsler 2B bats right
      3: Miguel Cabrera 1B bats right
      4: Victor Martinez DH Switch-hitter
      5: Torii Hunter RF bats right
      6: Austin Jackson CF bats right
      7: Alex Avila C bats left
      8: Nick Castellanos 3B bats right
      9: Jose Iglesias SS bats right

      still a little heavy on the right side, but Shin Soo Choo would totally change the lineup for the better…the only hangup would be his contract demands.

    • sawxalicious - Nov 21, 2013 at 2:18 AM

      Or Jacoby Ellsbury…either way, a left handed lead-off bat that gets on base at a good clip will give Miggy and the crew more opportunities to drive in runs.

  5. groleo45 - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Love this for the Tigers. Now if they can get Shin Soo or similar in left they’ll have completely revamped the lineup with money left over to get Cabrera and Scherzer extensions done.

  6. buffalo65 - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Grady Sizemore. Lol.

  7. buffalo65 - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    If they sign Choo they won’t have money for Scherzer. Choo plus kinsler plus 30 million is more than they’d committed to prince.

    • xjokerz - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      wont have money for scherzer if they sign choo?

      Vmart and Hunter are coming off the books at the end of this year

      Also, can still trade people like Fister and Porcello.

  8. happytwinsfan - Nov 21, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    crud. the tigers is smarter then i thought.

  9. nbjays - Nov 21, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Damn! There goes my dream of seeing Sheriff McCann: Texas Ranger


  10. chetwynnr - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    I’m thinking Prince will do well in Texas. His ‘personal problems’ that apparently occupied his mind will be gone from Detroit which has enough problems of it’s own.

  11. samsjmail - Nov 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Fat guy playing in 110 degree weather.

    Not good.

  12. gowhitten - Nov 21, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    The Tigers will some more financial flexibility with which to keep AL Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer around while they pursue a new third baseman. What does this mean? Can’t the writer write in English.

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