The Detroit Tiger pulled yet another blockbuster deal. This time it involved trading away a major piece of their line-up by sending Prince Fielder and $30 million cash to the Texas Rangers for 2B Ian Kinsler.
The trade makes clear the Tigers frustration with Fielder’s lackluster postseason performance and brings a sour end to Prince Fielder’s Detroit Tigers career.
The Prince Fielder trade is a bit surprising. Many expected the Tigers to pull a blockbuster deal this offseason involving a Tigers pitcher not one of their middle of the line-up bats. As surprising at it is, the trade does bring some benefits and fills a need.
The move frees the Tigers from Fielder’s Albatross of a contract freeing up an estimated $77 million dollars over the next 7 years. That makes room for the club to resign Max Scherzer or extend Miguel Cabrera.
The trade also brings in an all-star caliber 2B in Ian Kinsler who was the odd man out in Texas after the emergence of highly touted prospect Jurickson Profar.
Other than a solid defensive presence, Kinsler also brings with more pop in his bat. Kinsler has averaged 24 HR a season over his 8 year major league career. His best power year was in 2011 when he hit 32 HR.
Another added benefit is the flexibility it gives the Tigers when dealing with their ailing MVP Miguel Cabrera. Although moving Cabrera to third two years ago was a success, the injury to his hip may prevent him from playing an entire season at the hot corner. If the Tigers decide to move Cabrera to first that could make room for Tigers prospect Nick Castellanos to play his natural position at third base.
There are a number of questions about this trade that will be answered for the next couple of days. One thing is certain, fans can expect another blockbuster out of Dave Dombrowski this offseason as he still has major holes in the bullpen to fill.