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Prince Fielder’s no-trade clause could have blocked a trade to Texas

Nov 22, 2013, 9:55 AM EDT

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If Rangers fans are missing Ian Kinsler, they can at least take comfort in knowing that Prince Fielder is happy to be in Texas.

Datapoint 1: Evan Grant reports that Fielder had a no-trade clause provision which could’ve blocked a trade to the Rangers. He didn’t use it. As the Rangers were one of the teams which courted him in free agency a couple of years ago, he probably had at least some comfort level with them to begin with, but he likely believes regardless that this is a good move for him.

Datapoint 2:


  1. crispybasil - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    I really hope that Fielder is referring to a position switch to right field in that tweet.

  2. dracko19 - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Datapoint 3: Brad Ausmus. Lots of unknowns in DET right now including how well the rookie manager will handle a clubhouse that used to be run by grandpa smokie.

    Datapoint 4: Comerica Park. It’s not LHB friendly. Prince has seen dips in production and HR and the park isn’t entirely without blame.

    • reasonisthereason - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      What happened to data points one and two?

      • fanofevilempire - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:59 AM


      • jcmeyer10 - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        This is is reading the articles today!

    • darthicarus - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      In regards to Datapoint 4, based on distance of balls hit Fielder would’ve had 2 more HR had his home ball park been Texas. Just saying.

      • kennyadler1 - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:36 PM

        the ball carries better in that park due to the physics….its open air to the RF in Comerica

    • nicholi970 - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      According to StatCorner, Detroit was friendlier to lefty HRs than Texas last year (110 to 108)

  3. sparty99 - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Considering the situation that left him fairly unhappy in Detroit, it’s likely he would’ve waived his no-trade to pretty much anywhere.

  4. ud1951 - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    I hope Prince breaks out of that funk he was in last season and has a couple monster years in Texas. One of the handful of players from teams I don’t follow, that I really root for.

  5. 18thstreet - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Carl Crawford said it was very easy for him to waive the no-trade clause when his agent approached him about it: if the Red Sox were considering getting rid of him, he could never be comfortable knowing that they wanted him gone. Whatever he said, it made sense to me. And it made me wonder why he bothered negotiating a no-trade clause in the first place, given that it probably cost him a little money.

    • historiophiliac - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      Because you don’t want to end up with the Marlins.

      • moseskkim - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:34 PM

        not that they could pay him lol. but yeah a no-trade clause is so important. if you have the skills to negotiate that, who would pass that up. you get to almost choose where you want/dont want to go. most of us live in our little boxes but for athletes, theres a chance that they move across the country, cold weather, kids schools, wifes life, friends and family..

      • witeman10 - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        lol making fun of the Marlins never gets old

  6. bendover09 - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Detroit went from paying the highest first baseman to paying the highest second baseman. At the age of , 31. Let’s not say anything about that , hush hush ..

    • bendover09 - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      Awhz , mad Detroit fans cant handle the truth

  7. hk62 - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    No State Income Tax!
    And he still has hitters around him there – no brainer.

    • jimbo75025 - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      The state income tax is a biggie-no doubt.

      Add in though that Prince has always seemed to be kind of a private kind of guy and the press in the area is pretty laid back with exception of the Cowboys.

      With the ballpark in Arlington being hitter friendly, I am sure Prince will be happy as long as the team is competing regularly.

  8. joerymi - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Never seen a player-fan relationship sour so quickly. People were willing to accept overpaying for Fielder if it brought them a title. Then, he was terrible in the playoffs. Non factor.

    And anyone saying that his comments following that loss didn’t hurt his relationship with the team is kidding themselves.

    In two years, people went from being thrilled he was signed to spending the last month and a half wanting him out of town.

    • mitchblue - Nov 23, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      You must not understand the meaning of ‘thrilled”. No one liked the 9 years $214 he was getting. No one.

      • joerymi - Nov 23, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        We are pretending that Tigers fans weren’t thrilled when they heard he signed? Okay.

      • mitchblue - Nov 23, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        Just saying that we knew that one day it would bite us in the ass. Didn’t know that one day would come so soon. I know Comerica isn’t Milwaukee but what happened to that 40 home run power, Prince.

  9. xjokerz - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    he wont be missed in detroit espcially after we sign Beltran / Choo

    a lineup of…


    is better than last years.

    do we want a .275 hitter behind miggy or a .330 hitter in vmart?

    just asking a simple question.

  10. mitchblue - Nov 23, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Fielder better watch his weight. With the heat in Texas, he might just pass out trying to score from 2nd base. Oh wait.

    At least Texas gets to see the famous fat man’s belly flop.

    • gloccamorra - Nov 23, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      He’ll lose some water weight, but he can make up for with plates of prairie oysters.

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