Tigers, Rangers pull off crazy trade

Tigers, Rangers pull off crazy trade
November 20, 2013, 7:30 pm
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Tony Andracki

The White Sox aren't the only team in the AL Central making waves this offseason.

Mere minutes after CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reported the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers were discussing a Prince Fielder-for-Ian Kinsler swap, the two teams agreed on the deal Wednesday night.

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The Tigers finally got the offensive-minded second baseman they've been seeking for a couple years while ushering Fielder out of town.

Fielder is owed $24 million a year through the 2020 season and after just two years in Detroit, he had already fallen out of favor with the fanbase, enduring his worst season since his rookie year.

That being said, Fielder won't turn 30 until May and still hit 25 homers with 106 RBI and a .362 OBP in 2013 and has missed just one game in the last five seasons. His bat will be tough to replace in the Tigers' lineup.

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Kinsler turns 32 in June and has been just a decent offensive second baseman the last two seasons (.749 and .757 OPS, respectively). The two-time 30-30 man was relegated to a 13-15 guy in 2013.

The trade does open up room in the Tigers' budget to potentially lock up AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer before the final year of his contract.