Detroit Tigers trade Prince Fielder to Texas Rangers for second baseman Ian Kinsler
8:37 PM, Nov 20, 2013
6:39 PM, Nov 21, 2013
(WXYZ) - The Detroit Tigers are confirming numerous reports that they have agreed to a trade with the Texas Rangers for Prince Fielder.
Fielder has been traded for second baseman Ian Kinsler.
"We are fortunate to be in a position to acquire a quality and proven player in Ian Kinsler," said David Dombrowski, Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, in a news release. "Ian is an All-Star caliber talent who provides our lineup with a top of the order bat and has been a solid defensive performer at second base. The Tigers organization thanks Prince Fielder for his contributions to our ballclub for the past two seasons and we wish him all the best in the future."
Fielder played two seasons in Detroit after signing a nine-year, $214 million deal in January, 2012. He was part of two AL Central championship teams, but struggled in the postseason, batting just .173 in 2012 and .225 in 2013, with one home run over the course of both playoff runs combined.
The Tigers say the deal includes "cash considerations." Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported the Tigers sent $30 million to Texas along with Fielder.
Kinsler is a lifetime .273 hitter who has played in two World Series with the Rangers over the course of his eight-year career. He played in three All-Star Games (2008, 2010, 2012) and hit .277 last season, with 151 hits, 13 home runs and 72 RBIs. He also stole 15 bases in 2013.
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