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Tigers Send Prince Fielder to Texas; Acquire 2B Ian Kinsler

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DETROIT, Michigan –

Dave Dombrowski and the Tigers are no strangers to off-season trades, and we Tigers fans have come to expect some fireworks in the winter months. But what the Tigers did on Wednesday evening caught everyone off guard.

The Detroit Tigers sent all-star slugger Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers in exchange for 2B Ian Kinsler and cash considerations. The trade was first reported by CBSSports.com.

Detroit will eat about $30 million of Fielders contract as part of the deal.

Before people freak out and point out how hard it will be to replace 100 RBIs in the lineup, understand that you’re right. But this move was about more than just player performance on the field. Surely that added to it, but the comments Fielder made following the Tigers Game 6 loss to the Red Sox didn’t sit well with the organization. Add his ridiculously overpaid 9-year contract and his lack of performance in the playoffs, and you have a problem that needed to be solved. Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski knew that getting someone to bite on Fielder’s contract would be tough, but once again the man in the striped polo came through.

Detroit’s upcoming salary issues are the main reason why watching Prince go will be much easier to swallow. In the next couple seasons, players like Max Scherzer, Miguel Cabrera, and Victor Martinez will all become free agents. All will demand some kind of pay raise, or something close to what they’re earning now. Mike Ilitch has deep pockets, but c’mon people, let’s be realistic here.

In Ian Kinsler, the Tigers are getting a former all-star second baseman who is much better on the basepaths and is an average hitter. He’s under contract through the 2017 season with a club option for 2018. Kinsler will battle Austin Jackson for the lead off spot in the Tigers order. With the money Detroit is saving on Prince Fielder, they now have a more realistic shot and signing Cy Young winner Max Scherzer to a contract extension, as well as making sure Miguel Cabrera is a Detroit Tiger for the remainder of his career.

How will this trade change the Tigers lineup?

Well, obviously when you trade your cleanup hitter from the past 2 seasons, it’s going to shake things up a bit.

It’s hard to think of a player that will be more impacted by this trade than Miguel Cabrera. From a fielding and batting standpoint, his game will change. There has been talk of putting Miggy back at 1st base and inserting rookie Nick Castellanos at 3rd. Cabrera’s body has been through hell and back fielding balls at 3rd, and maybe putting him back at 1st will prolong his career. Meanwhile at the plate, Cabrera has had the luxury of batting in front of Fielder the past 2 seasons. Without Prince, look for Cabrera’s intentional walks to sky rocket. All decisions will ultimately be up to new Manager Brad Ausmus, but feel free to speculate.

The Tigers lineup will take a pretty big hit offensively, with the loss of Fielder a well as infielders Jhonny Peralta and Omar Infante. However, Dave D and company may not be done. Look for the Tigers to be in the mix to add another bat, and obviously make a move to bolster their weak bullpen.

All in all, it’s a great trade for the Tigers. They clear some much needed salary off the books, and look poised to keep their upcoming free agents in the Motor City for years to come. Welcome to Detroit, Ian Kinsler!

As always, Go Tigers!!

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About Jeff Deacon

Jeff joined the DSN crew in 2011 as a beat writer for the Detroit Tigers. He also covers news around the National Hockey League. Jeff currently resides in Phoenix, AZ where he is focusing on a career as an airline pilot. Follow Jeff on Twitter at @JeffDeacs.

110 Comments

  1. James LaMotte

    November 20, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Hallelujah!!!

  2. Monique O'Callaghan

    November 20, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Expectations were high and he didn’t produce, C-ya

  3. Shawn Kopsi

    November 20, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    I liked Prince, but he just never showed up in the post season. Also, the defense should improve by moving Cabrera back to first and I would like to see Peralta at 3rd. base as a possibility.

  4. Jason Bayer

    November 20, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    i just heard princes is already talking trash about detroit

  5. James LaMotte

    November 20, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Prince actually protected Miggy more than people realize. Miggy’s 2 best seasons were the last 2 in which Fielder was batting clean up. Coincidence? No. However, This helps shore up our defense & frees up a ton of cash that can be used to keep certain personnel here. I like this move. I love Prince but I love this move even more!

  6. Christopher Porter

    November 20, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Didn’t produce in the playoffs and that last comment didn’t help him either

  7. Domenic-Leslie Nardoni

    November 20, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    He sucked didn’t actually offer the protection like u think he did… Get that clown out of town

  8. Kevin Kujat

    November 20, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    i like it, frees up money for max and Miggy. Welcome to the D Ian

  9. Jim Ruggerio

    November 20, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Thank you Jesus! And Dave Dombrowski!

  10. Bobby Lewis

    November 20, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Excellent!

  11. Chris Norman

    November 20, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Sad to see prince go but he wasn’t performing to the contract we gave him. Kinsler is a stud second baseman that could even hit leadoff. Plus now we can resign max and Jackson. … I like it

  12. Monique O'Callaghan

    November 20, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Maybe Castellanos @ 3rd, Iglesias as lead off hitter, keep Peralta.

  13. Matt Weisman

    November 20, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Does anyone remember Kinsler did play some 1st base with Texas..not sure if thats where he will end up..who knows

  14. Scott Smith

    November 20, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Miggy will always be Miggy. No doubt him and Prince were a great duo but he is MVP for a reason.

  15. Doug Richardson

    November 20, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    I like fielder but I think this is a good move we need a good leadoff hitter with good speed and good base running skills fielder gave us 2 good ywars even if some of these tiger fan dont think so over 40 homer runs and over 200 rbi you can’t ask for anything better unless it involves cabrera

  16. Mary McKee

    November 20, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    That is why I like the trade. Would rather have Mad Max. Next Porcello and maybe even Jackson. I know I am going to get a lot of flack for that one. Try and get Ellsbury for Center and put Jackson in left. If it does not work trade his sorry butt out of Detroit too.

  17. Scott Smith

    November 20, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    I doubt Peralta will return but I really hope so!

  18. Greg Haigh

    November 20, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    I have to say we will put Martinez behind Cabrera now to avoid high walks.

  19. Mary McKee

    November 20, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Actually I would like to see Jackson go.

  20. Kevin Stith

    November 20, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    He had one slump and trade him no hope whatsoever

  21. Matt Towers

    November 20, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Now watch Texas sign Cano, and we’ll have a threat

  22. Anton Gorvokaj

    November 20, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Good move and u know he got kids lol

  23. Jon Hahn

    November 20, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Miggy back to first, peralta at 3B… Kinsler, Hunter, Miggy, V-Mart, Peralta, Dirks, Avila, Jackson and Iglesias

  24. Scott Smith

    November 20, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    for $300 million?

  25. Jonathan M Jacobs

    November 20, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Peralta will not be back, nor Infante.

  26. Matt Towers

    November 20, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    someone’s gonna give him $300 million….. thought it would be the Tigers, but now we have a 2B

  27. Evan Oswald

    November 20, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    James 2010 and 2011 were damn near just as good of years….not to mention this allows us to have more miggy in the end anyhow….

  28. Joe Diriex

    November 20, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    You love prince? A player who could not hit to save his life…smh

  29. Trev Warner

    November 20, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    My thought would be trade percello for kinsler

  30. Christopher Dean

    November 20, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Prince gone does not mean we can sign max. He has said he wants to be a free agent. The yankees just paid 75 mil to talk to some JApanese pitcher, let alone sign him. Itz a good trade but foolish to think max will get locked up

  31. Rick Favor

    November 21, 2013 at 12:00 am

    when did max say that mr. dean?

  32. Scott Sieczkowski

    November 21, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Who will play first

  33. Mary McKee

    November 21, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Peralta is the odd man out. He does not like to play third,. He stinks in left. Where could he play? DH him and put Martinez at first and keep Miggy at third?

  34. Ann M. Schmittling

    November 21, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Go Prince. Will always love ya.

  35. Paul Rogers

    November 21, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Bye Bye…. Did it affect you this time, Hilarious !!

  36. Tom Cichowski

    November 21, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Max never said that dean. He said he wants to be a tiger

  37. Jason Wheeler

    November 21, 2013 at 12:12 am

  38. Nicholas Blake Allen

    November 21, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Dean’s not smart…..max wants to be a tiger and stay a tiger no more prince gives us that oppurtunity as well as for miggy after next year……love prince but never shows up for the playoffs

  39. Detroit Sports Nation

    November 21, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Eventually, Cabrera.

  40. Brian McFee

    November 21, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Now they have to stop running those ” I play for Detroit ” commercials

  41. Detroit Sports Nation

    November 21, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Curtis Granderson is a free agent…..I’m just sayin’!!!

  42. Rick Favor

    November 21, 2013 at 12:23 am

    grandy huh? interesting.

  43. Domenic-Leslie Nardoni

    November 21, 2013 at 12:26 am

    He sucks don’t even play

  44. Jason Bayer

    November 21, 2013 at 12:28 am

    i think what shocks me more then anything is that it was basically a straight up deal , you would figure with the tigers farm system being ranked 29th in the league that they would try to get some prospects as well

  45. Michelle Kjski

    November 21, 2013 at 12:34 am

    We need to keep max…that’s a one, two punch with Verlander. With Prince gone that frees up a lot of money. I would love for Peralta to stay. And we need a stronger closer than Beniot. I’d like Jackson to stay but not as a lead off batter

  46. Matt Weisman

    November 21, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Grandy to left field..I like that..left handed bat good speed and solid defensively!!

  47. Wyatt Hansen

    November 21, 2013 at 12:36 am

    prince fielder will be missed :(

  48. Matt Weisman

    November 21, 2013 at 12:38 am

    JW if its safe to say Kinsler will pkay 2nd because he had played 1st and also some 3rd if I’m not mistaken

  49. Robert Birchmeier

    November 21, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Now Manny Machado for Porcello and our infield is set.

  50. Paul Dupuis

    November 21, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Kinsler’s versatility gives dombrowski the versatility to make a rediculous move. Robbie Cano hitting 3 or 4 in the tigers lineup this year… It could happen. Y not? He went after fielder.

  51. Jeremy Lopez

    November 21, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Great trade

  52. Jessica Edenfield

    November 21, 2013 at 1:39 am

    :-(

  53. Daniel Plocher

    November 21, 2013 at 1:39 am

    I don’t know how I feel about this, Prince is a class act and Miggy loved the guy but we needed money and a second baseman, also Iwould rather have Scherzer and Miggy for awhile longer than Fielder, now I just hope that he doesn’t go off next year with Texas and beats us deep in playoffs. I think now with money we NEED Ellsbury. He would be a great fit in our outfield and are we gonna move Miguel Cabrera to first or Nick Castellanos??

  54. J.t. Kujat

    November 21, 2013 at 1:45 am

    We got jipped

  55. J.t. Kujat

    November 21, 2013 at 1:46 am

    Remember, Miggy won 2 MVP’s with Prince batting behind him.

  56. Stefano Chinappi

    November 21, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Great trade and now place NickC in 3B

  57. Phil Hodges

    November 21, 2013 at 4:03 am

    very happy about unloading that awful contract. NOW BRING US JACOBY ELSBURY

  58. Jimmy Udell

    November 21, 2013 at 5:48 am

    With castellanos at third we have the best defensive infield in baseball

  59. Nick Phenix

    November 21, 2013 at 6:16 am

    best move detroits made in a while

  60. David Teipel

    November 21, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Orioles would never trade manny for porcello lol. Yes miggy back to first to help keep him healthy with Castellanos or Peralta at 3rd because he dosent look ready yet. Sign Jacoby and Nathan! If we can afford it.

  61. David Teipel

    November 21, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Miggy was still the bestvhitter in baseball before Princess.

  62. Sam Dorkins

    November 21, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Bad for the fact he pumped us up and is a power hitter. Although great for the money and his playing is just getting worse.

  63. Bryan Denson

    November 21, 2013 at 7:23 am

    I’m very happy he proved he was not worth the money in the post season

  64. John Maitland

    November 21, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Detroit still needs a closer!!!!!!

  65. Sam Verburg

    November 21, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Fielder will be missed but miggy at first and get a better third baseman would be fantastic

  66. Gracie Fitch

    November 21, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Goodbye!

  67. Alli Michelle

    November 21, 2013 at 7:44 am

    If they don’t win this time the new manager will be one and done. Come in and start making these big changes… I hope he has a big plan!

  68. Mike Puszykowski

    November 21, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Alli Michelle, I doubt very highly that ausmus had anything to do with this. This is all on dombrowski

  69. Anthony Lindsay

    November 21, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Actually I think Max will be traded and soon. Hope I am wrong but I think he’s gone too

  70. Patty Casillas-Coronado

    November 21, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Great! Ian Kinsler is an awesome player. Fielder Probably also needed this trade, Just saying….. :)

  71. Colleen Belt

    November 21, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Good luck “TIGER’S” with Kinsler… he is NO HITTER.

  72. Sue Ann Kickland Zill

    November 21, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Don’t know yet.

  73. Sue Ann Kickland Zill

    November 21, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Good thought.

  74. George Graham

    November 21, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Awesome Trade!!

  75. Jim Kramer

    November 21, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Brilliant!

  76. Paul Rogers

    November 21, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Absolutely, real nice !! Bye Bye.

  77. Jeremy Woodcock

    November 21, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Great trade

  78. Stephen Kusnit

    November 21, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Definitely not a “Matt Millen-like” move!

  79. Gina Petrous

    November 21, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Happy, maybe we’ll save some $, that we can use to keep Scherzer(?)

  80. Richard Wolok

    November 21, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Brilliant! Let’s work on getting better closers

  81. Chris Cj Morey

    November 21, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Better glove, less money…. and more mobility…. sounds good on paper

  82. Doug Pops Noss

    November 21, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Great move!Now keep Max and spend some money on a closer(s). I n his words “It’s over bro” ;)

  83. Nick Phenix

    November 21, 2013 at 9:39 am

    best move in the city of detroit since drafting barry

  84. Kyle Stewart

    November 21, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Love it! Kinsler is a good infielder and we save money.

  85. Rob Burks

    November 21, 2013 at 9:40 am

    I doubt Peralta will play 3B. Cleveland traded him because he didn’t want to play 3rd.

  86. Judy Perry Peterson

    November 21, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I was so dissapoited in Prince. Welcome Ian Kinsler

  87. Pat Czarnik

    November 21, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Dombrowski for Prez!

  88. Nick Phenix

    November 21, 2013 at 9:43 am

    dombroski will be prez sooner that you think

  89. Ross Voogd

    November 21, 2013 at 9:52 am

    If all we really get out of this is Max for more than one more year it’s a win… Pitching wins championships.

  90. Robert J Webster

    November 21, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Tigers just got better!

  91. Jay Hill

    November 21, 2013 at 9:57 am

    If Castellanos (or a free agent) can hold down 3B and move Miggs to 1st. Holy crap, our infield Defense will vastly improve. Top that off with the addition of speed, which I feel we were definitely lacking in base running, and that will make up for some of the power hits we lose with Prince. Kinsler can easily get doubles and triples in Comerica and he steals! TIGERS FANS WINNING TODAY!

  92. Rob Zograph

    November 21, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I would like to see Granderson back in Detroit as the every day left fielder, and a fraction of the cost though.

  93. David Strobbe

    November 21, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Kinsler in the 1 hole, are they gonna leave AJ in the 6 or 7 hole that they experimented with?

  94. Steve Goldener

    November 21, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Great trade. Adds some speed to the lineup and saves money for a closer.

  95. David Strobbe

    November 21, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Good one! LOL!!

  96. Devin Walker

    November 21, 2013 at 10:14 am

    lol I’m loving all the prince fans that think this is such a dumb deal. go follow him to Texas if you love him so much, now we keep max, our third base prospect we tried to turn left fielder actually plays third, and we had a glove better than infante at 2nd (who analysts said was going to be overpriced anyway)

  97. Eric Oliveri

    November 21, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I think Dombrowski stole my roster from “the bigs” and is assembling my dream team.

  98. Matt Candela

    November 21, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Dombrowski is gonna be commissioner no doubt. I still think we go out and offer Nelson Cruz to A). Fill in Fielder’s batting spot and B). Give us a really solid LF

  99. Mitchell Coleman

    November 21, 2013 at 10:49 am

    dumbest trade in history!

  100. Aaron Schneider

    November 21, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Tigers will have to pay majority of princes salary still more then likely. But great trade. Gives them a second baseman. Moves miggy back to 1st. Kinsler can also hit lead of if needed.

  101. Trent Vincent

    November 21, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Way to one sided, DD should have asked for a throw in prospect and/or bullpen help

  102. Thee Ron Fraker

    November 21, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I guess I like it now we can resign max and go get some bull pen help and a closer

  103. Larry McClish

    November 21, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Millen would have traded Fielder for some guy who’s been retired for ten years.

  104. Jeremy Pfaff

    November 21, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I like it. Opens cap room and Kinsler is a fine ballplayer

  105. Jim Wells

    November 21, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    good move now sign max goin to miss prince though wish him luck n texas

  106. Tom Paulan

    November 21, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Kinsler’s a lousy fielder and his power and average continues to sink and the Tigers will be paying $20.25 million per year for his services, $16 mill in salary + $30 mill to Texas divided by 7 (time left on Fielder’s contract.

  107. Tom Paulan

    November 21, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    cap room? lolololzzzzzzzz

  108. Tom Paulan

    November 21, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    speed? 15 SB’s, caught 11 times, good call buster, roflmao!

  109. Steve Goldener

    November 21, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    who said anything about steals, troll?

  110. Rich Gryzen

    November 22, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Now they need to reup max’s contract