(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a trade that will send
five-time All-Star first baseman Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers in
exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler, according to a report from
The blockbuster deal, which will be pending physicals, may also involve other
players as well as money. Fielder still has $168 million remaining on a nine-
year, $214 million contract he signed with the Tigers as a free agent prior to
the 2012 season.
Fielder also has a no-trade clause, but the report stated he is expected to
approve the swap.
The National League leader with 50 home runs while with the Milwaukee
Brewers in 2007, Fielder put together an excellent debut season with the
Tigers, batting a career-high .313 with 30 homers and 108 RBI and playing all
162 games. Those numbers declined this past season, however, with the 29-year-
old hitting .279 with 25 homers and 106 RBI before struggling in the playoffs
for a second consecutive year.
Still, Fielder has averaged 35 homers and 108 RBI over his eight full seasons
in the majors and brings a potent middle-of-the-order bat to a Texas lineup
that could lose slugger Nelson Cruz to free agency.
Kinsler's credentials are impressive as well. The 31-year-old is a three-time
All-Star who put together a pair of 30-30 (home runs, steals) seasons in 2009
The veteran batted .277 with 13 homers, 72 RBI and 15 steals in 2013 while
being limited to 136 games by an intercostal muscle strain. Over eight major
league seasons -- all with Texas -- Kinsler owns a .273 average with 156
homers, 539 RBI and 172 stolen bases.
Kinsler, who is signed through 2017 and will earn $16 million this coming
season, was deemed expendable by the Rangers with prized prospect Jurickson
Profar ready to assume an everyday role.
The Tigers had a hole at second base with Omar Infante currently a free agent,
while Fielder's exit could mean a shift back across the diamond for two-time
American League MVP Miguel Cabrera. The 2012 AL Triple Crown winner served as
Detroit's regular first baseman from 2008-11 before moving to third following
Unloading Fielder's hefty contract could also free up room for Detroit to sign
2013 AL Cy Young Award recipient Max Scherzer to an extension.
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