Rangers swap Kinsler for Fielder

by Dan M | Posted on Thursday, November 21st, 2013

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By Dic Humphrey

Shortly after 7:30 PM Wednesday night, the twitter universe exploded with the news that the Rangers and Tigers have agreed to a blockbuster trade of All-Stars Ian Kinsler and Prince Fielder. The Rangers are also to receive an unspecified amount of cash to offset the remaining salary obligation to Fielder of approximately $170 million.

The trade seemingly came out of the blue. Both Fielder and Kinsler had been mentioned as trade possibilities, but no one speculated that this trade would happen. It’s a deal that really makes sense for both teams.

Texas has an abundance of middle infielders with Kinsler at second base, Elvis Andrus at shortstop and Jurickson Profar pushing his way into the lineup. Profar is now the Rangers second baseman.

The Rangers’ offense was painfully deficient this past season, particularly in the power department after losing the 68 home runs hit by Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli in 2012. Fielder fills that bill for the Rangers. He hit 25 round trippers and drove in 106 this season playing half his games in spacious Comerica Park. He has hit 285 home runs in eight full seasons plus 39 games in 2005.

From the Tigers standpoint, the deal strengthens their leaky defense. 2012 and 2013 American League MVP Miguel Cabrera undoubtedly will move across the diamond to become the Tigers’ first baseman, and Kinsler is a superior defensive second baseman.

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  1. Karl Koenig says:

    Dic: All well and good–just not the length and depth of a typical Dic Humphrey analysis. Would like to know: who goes to 2nd(is Profar ready)?; what happens to Moreland?;do we have any money/wiggle room left?; and isn’t this coming Sunday 1st Sunday ushering time?
    Thanks,
    Karl

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