Report: Tigers Trade Prince Fielder to Rangers for Ian Kinsler
According to a report courtesy ESPN via CBSSports.com, the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers have agreed to a trade that involves two major players.
Physicals are still needed to complete the deal, and another unidentified player could be involved in the deal, according to the report.
Fielder, 29, hit .279 with 25 home runs and 106 RBIs last season, his second with the Tigers. Fielder signed a nine-year, $214 million contract with Detroit prior to the 2012 season.
Kinsler, 31, hit .277 with 13 home runs and 72 RBIs last season with Texas.
The Rangers have a young and talented second baseman in waiting in Jurickson Profar if they were to deal Kinsler. Fielder had a productive season for the Tigers up until the postseason rolled around then he basically went ghost.
With this trade the Tigers’ infield defense improves significantly while the Rangers will get the big bat that they desperately need.