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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. tigers182 - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Awesome if it goes through! Prince can not hit for a rival in the playoffs instead.

  2. uyf1950 - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Scratch the Tigers and Rangers from Cano’s options along with the Red Sox. Cano may want to take the Yankees offer of 7 years / $161MM that was reported before the Yankees reduce it due to lack of any competition or interest from any other team.

    • sawxalicious - Nov 21, 2013 at 2:04 AM

      I bet Jay-Z is not happy with this trade!

  3. braddavery - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    That’s a pretty hefty trade.

  4. socalskinsfan21 - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:29 PM


    • 4d3fect - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      (always wanted to say that)

  5. Darkoestrada - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Whoa I can’t believe someone took that prince fielder contract. Great move by the tigers

    • miketreedy - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      Depends on how much the Tigers are going to send over to the Rangers.

  6. Kevin Gillman - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    I bet Moreland is included in that deal, but perhaps he can DH? Still, it’s a shock this deal went through.

  7. ezthinking - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Peralta just got happy to come back and play third….or is Ellsbury now in play for the Tigers?

  8. harvupdyke - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    That’s a big trade even down here in Tuscaloosa.

    Roll dam tide.

  9. mhcamp21 - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Wow that is crazy. I can’t help but like this trade for the Tigers. Cabrera eventually needed to play 1st, Kinsler is a stud.

    • miketreedy - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      Kinsler is no longer a stud. Look at the huge drop off in homers and SBs over the past two years. Plus his defense has dropped off and the errors on the bases will make you pull your hair out.

      • bkertz - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:04 PM

        Don’t forget about park factors. Don’t pencil Kinsler in for 20+ HRs anymore.

  10. Minoring In Baseball - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    I’d rather the Tigers hang on to Infante, but I guess his price tag is too high, also. Would be great if this deal allowed them to keep Scherzer, though. We’ll see if Detroit changes their mind on Peralta, and place him at third, or try to turn Nick Castallanos back into a third baseman.

    • sawxalicious - Nov 21, 2013 at 3:26 AM

      I’ll bet Infante gets 60 Mill/4 years

  11. sbmcintosh36 - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    WOW! !!

  12. joeandcambria - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Brilliant move. Scherzer can be resigned now, Miggy back to first, and Castellanos up to third, not to mention huge money relief.

    • bendover09 - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      You do realize Tigers will be sending Texas cash

      • joeandcambria - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:49 PM

        Yeah, $30M which isn’t bad at all.

  13. muckleflugga - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    on a related note, several grocery stores in grosse point have announced they’ll soon be closing their doors with final going out of business sales expected this weekend…

  14. giantboy99 - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Huge advantage to the Tigers…huge

  15. Alex K - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    I like this better for the Rangers than the Tigers. Fielder can mash, Arlington is a great place to mash. The Rangers have a ready made replacement in Profar who cost nothing and might be better than Kinsler at this point, anyway.

    The Tigers can now stop pretending Miggy is a good defensive 3B and Castellanos can move back to 3B. I don’t know how Kisler is going to do without Arlington as his home park, but he should be better than what they had. Both teams traded from strength.

  16. rempokesfan - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Daniels what have you done?!!!

    Profar isn’t the player you think he is.

    Fielder isn’t the hitter he once was. (And despite his name, he’s not the fielder Moreland is!)

    STUPIDEST move in the history of STUPID moves by Rangers management! (Okay, not counting A-Roid…

    and defaming Pudge…

    and Kenny Rogers

    … and)


    When Jones fired Landry, it was said that a room full of chimpanzees could have done it better.

    Nolan’s Snow Monkeys could have made a better decision than this!


    This Rangers fan isn’t anymore.

    • lmoneyfresh - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:09 PM

      You’re out of your mind. Rangers just dumped a rapidly declining 2B for a full time, ball-mashing 1B and cleared the way for their prized 2B and maybe even moving mooreland to DH. This is an amazing move on paper for JD. If he can land a legit OF, Daniels will have this team looking damn good going into the season.

      • dhar77 - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:09 PM

        If Moreland is on the team next year i bet he plays 1st he is a + glove. Let prince stay off his feet.

      • rempokesfan - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:41 AM

        …and how’d that work out for ya?

  17. harvupdyke - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Muckleflugga that’s rich!

    That’s good work outta you.

    That’s the kind I effort I like to see on this page. Definite helmet sticker.

  18. aphillieated - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Prince Fielder is going to look weird in a Rangers uni. Go Rangers!

    • miketreedy - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      Hope he can deal with the Texas heat.

    • lmoneyfresh - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:11 PM

      Its ok, we’ll sew two of Kinsler’s old jerseys together. It’ll be fine

  19. markofapro - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Kinsler a stud? Hah!!!

  20. jcmeyer10 - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    That escalated quickly.

  21. wingsfan97 - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Stupid…kingsler is old and isn’t as good anymore.i don’t mind trading him but get a younger guy

  22. grumpyoleman - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Tigers never thought Miggy was a good third baseman.

    • bfunk1978 - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:06 PM

      They must have thought so when they signed Prince for mucho moola.

      • grumpyoleman - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:02 AM

        Big difference between good and serviceable.

  23. metrocritical - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Given Fielder’s hefty contract and physique and underwhelming performance, Tigers would’ve been happy to get Ian Hunter in return. Even chipping in some $$$, this should give Detroit flexibility going forward.

  24. steelers88 - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    I think the Rangers got the better player in the trade. Prince Fielder is going to put up monster numbers in Texas.

  25. bfunk1978 - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Playing in the shoebox that is the Ballpark at Arlington, Fielder is sure to put up a few more HR without much trying.

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