The Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers have just completed a blockbuster involving Ian Kinsler and Prince Fielder, according to many reports. Ian Kinsler for Prince Fielder has been a rumor for many weeks, but no official deal has been in sight, until now. The deal, however, may have to go through some no-trade clauses. Early indications point towards Fielder waiving his clause, while Kinsler's status is unknown.
The biggest move of the offseason so far (it might be the biggest once it's all set and done), promises good things for both teams. For the Tigers, it removes a lot of money off their payroll ($168 million to be exact), and allows them breathing room to lock up some players. Miguel Cabrera could be moved to first base, not only to help injury concerns, but to also allow 2010 first round pick Nick Castellanos to third base. For the Rangers, this move shows that they want to win. And, now. Moving Kinsler also opens up the opportunity for highly touted prospect Jurickson Profar to take over at second base. It also gives them another big bat in their studded lineup.
Money-wise, this deal was lopsided. The Tigers took $168 million off their salary for the upcoming years (through 2020), while they gained a cheap Kinsler in relative to Fielder. Ian Kinsler costs on $62 million (through 2017 without option). The Detroit Tigers will also give Rangers $30 million. Anyway, this move really benefitted the Detroit Tigers financially.
The Rangers will be finally getting the bat they wanted, and the Tigers will finally be getting the flexibility they wanted. Definitely a good trade here from both teams perspecives.