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Detroit Tigers And Texas Rangers On Verge Of Winters First Blockbuster Deal

Posted By Steve Kinsella On November 20, 2013 @ 9:13 PM In main feature,MLB | No Comments

Detroit Tigers To Trade Prince Fielder To The Texas Rangers For Ian Kinsler

Tigers_Prince_Fielder_2013 [1]The finishing touches are being put on a trade that would send first baseman Prince Fielder [2] to the Texas Rangers in exchange for second basemen Ian Kinsler [3]. There may be money involved which will delay the final announcement of the trade pending approval of the commissioners office.

Prince Fielder has seven years left on the 9-year/$214M  contract that he signed with the Tigers prior to the 2012 season (contract runs through the 2020 season).

Ian Kinsler is in the second year of a 5-year/$75M contract that he signed with the Rangers prior to the 2013 season (contract runs through the 2017 season with a option for 2018 [$5M buyout]).

The trade works out well for both organizations. The Tigers have an opportunity to sign reigning Cy Young [4] Award winner Max Scherzer [5] who is a free agent at the end of the 2014 season to a contract extension and/or extend the contract of reigning two time Most Valuable Player Miguel Cabrera [6] whose current contract expires after the 2015 season. Trading Fielder will also move Miguel Cabrera [6] back to first base and open up third base for prospect Nick Castellanos [7] (Baseball America’s #21 rated prospect prior to 2013).

Rangers_Ian_Kinsler_2013 [8]The Rangers have had a log jam in their middle infield with Elvis Andrus [9] at shortstop and Ian Kinsler at second base leaving young phenom Jurackson Profar without a position. Moving Kinsler now frees up second base for Profar and provides the Rangers with the middle of the order bat that the team needs.

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[2] Prince Fielder: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/fieldpr01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

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[4] Cy Young: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/y/youngcy01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[5] Max Scherzer: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/scherma01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[6] Miguel Cabrera: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cabremi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[7] Nick Castellanos: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/casteni01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[8] Image: http://www.sportstalkflorida.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Rangers_Ian_Kinsler_2013.jpg

[9] Elvis Andrus: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/andruel01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

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