Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Huge Trade: Fielder-Kinsler

In a shocking turn of events earlier today the Texas Rangers have acquired Prince Fielder and 30 million in cash in exchange for Ian Kinsler. The deal was initially reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Both are owed a large sum of money with Fielder owed 168 million and Kinsler owed 69 million. The deal does make sense for both teams as Miguel Cabrera can slide back to first base and Prince Fielder can improve on a Rangers 1B weakness.

Fielder, 29, was a big free agent signing for the Tigers before the 2012 season. In 2013 he hit .279 with only 25 homers and 106 RBIs. Rumors have spread that playing in Comerica was hurting his output and that moving to a hitters park would be good for him. The only obstacle left is that Fielder needs to waive his no-trade clause.

Kinsler, 31, has been big for the Rangers since they called him up in 2006. He hit .277 for the Rangers last season with only 13 home runs and 72 RBIs. He stole 15 bases but was also caught 11 times. Power and speed are the key parts of his game but they have been suffering since the 2011 season.

In my opinion this is a very good trade for both teams because it gives the Rangers a big time power hitter and the Tigers a good-hitting second baseman.

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