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Tigers, Rangers discussing trade that could involve Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler

Nov 20, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the Tigers and Rangers have discussed a trade that would send first baseman Prince Fielder to the Rangers and second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Tigers.

In terms of OPS, the Rangers had the second-worst production from their first baseman in the American League, beating only the Yankees, .700 to .690. They used Mitch Moreland for a majority of games there but he could only muster a .736 OPS. Meanwhile, Fielder finished with a career-low .819 OPS, but even that would have been a significant upgrade for the Rangers.

The Rangers also have a glut of middle infielders and are looking to deal from depth to address other areas. Trading Kinsler to the Tigers would open up second base for Jurickson Profar. The Tigers got average production at second base in 2013, utilizing Omar Infante there for the most part. Infante is expected to draw interest from a handful of teams and the Tigers may not want to get involved in a bidding war for a player worth between 0.9 and 2.4 WAR over the last four seasons, according to Baseball Reference. Kinsler logged in at 4.9 in 2013 and as much as 7.0 back in 2011.

Fielder’s contract would be one hurdle to clear. The Tigers signed him to a nine-year, $214 million contract in January 2012. He still has $168 million remaining as well as a limited no-trade clause. Kinsler is signed through 2017 with an option for 2018. He is still owed $62 million, but his contract was front-loaded, so his salary gradually decreases throughout the remainder of the deal.

  1. buffalo65 - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Do it Detroit, lose the big guy before he breaks down.

  2. raysfan1 - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Well, that would give us something to hack about for a couple days this offseason. Make it happen!

    • raysfan1 - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:10 PM

      That was supposed to be yack, not hack, but in this case I think the autocorrect sabotage worked out okay.

  3. ultimatecardinalwarrior - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Prince could launch bombs into that short RF porch until he’s 45 years old.

  4. Alex K - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Upside to this for Detroit: Miggy can move back to 1B where he obviously belongs if he is going to play defense. Nick Castellanos can move back to 3B. And Victor Martinez can full time DH.

    • Alex K - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      Downside to this for Detroit: Kinsler’s career road triple slash is .242/.312/.399 with a .313 wOBA & 91 wRC+. His home numbers are .304/.387/.511 with a .389 wOBA & 132 wRC+.

      Kinsler isn’t the same player away from Texas. Generally most players hit better at home, but this difference is quite stark and Kinsler does seem to get nicked up every year.

  5. uyf1950 - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    If that trade happens that would pretty much eliminate the Tigers from any Cano option. Further taking out a big market big spending team from the Cano lottery. Cano’s option if that deal goes through keep shrinking as do his bargaining chips.

  6. aphillieated - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Wow! Go Rangers!

  7. grumpyoleman - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Tigers weren’t going after Cano anyway.

  8. hbk72777 - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    A 320 pound tub of goo in 100+ degree heat

    That should work out

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