Blockbuster Surprise – Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler

Posted on December 1st, 2013 by Matt

In the age of social media, it seems that there are very few surprises left when it comes to the transactions of professional sports teams. Typically, there are days or weeks of speculation and rumors before a big deal comes together – if it ever does. That was not the case when the Detroit Tigers decided to send slugging first baseman Prince Fielder, and his large contract, south to Texas for second baseman Ian Kinsler. In fact, this trade came out of positively nowhere. It was a done deal before the first rumors even broke, and suddenly the landscape of the American League had changed pretty significantly. Who got the best of this swap?

Why the Tigers Moved Fielder

By looking a little deeper, it is pretty easy to understand why the Tigers would be interested in moving a player like Fielder. For one, they had a logjam at the ‘all-bat, no-defense’ positions. In 2013, they were using the combination of Fielder/Cabrera/Martinez to play first base, third base, and DH on a nightly basis. While princeall are excellent hitters, they are equally bad defensive players. Specifically, playing Cabrera at third was a minor-disaster that certainly hurt Detroit pitching throughout the season. With this trade, Martinez can remain as the regular DH and Cabrera can slide over to first base. When prospect Nick Castellanos is ready for the big leagues, third base will be wide open for his arrival.

All of that doesn’t mention the financial implications. Detroit had well over $100 million still committed to Fielder over the next several years. They are already on the hook for a huge Verlander contract, and faced the possibility of seeing Max Scherzer walk or have to trade him. Now, they may have the dollars to resign Scherzer and keep that deadly pitching staff intact.

Why the Rangers Moved Kinsler

Just like in Detroit, Texas was working on a logjam of their own. With Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler in the middle infield, prospect Jurickson Profar was without a position. After the trade, Fielder adds to the power of the Rangers by filling first base, and Profar can take over second base full time. The downside for the Rangers, of course, is they have to take on a long and expensive contract kinslerfor a slugger who may be on the downward side of his career (although Detroit ate some of the salary). This trade makes sense on some level for both teams, but the Tigers seem to have gotten the ‘safer’ end of the trade.

For Collectors

For baseball card collectors, this adds a new team to the careers of both Fielder and Kinsler and new merchandise to go along with it. Fielder in a Tigers uniform may become more valuable down the line considering he only spent two seasons in the Motor City. Ian Kinsler was probably never a prime target for collectors to begin with, and this trade likely doesn’t change that fact. Rookie cards still hold the most sway in the collecting world, so Fielder with the Brewers and Kinsler in his early Texas days are probably going to remain the most valuable pieces for these two players.



PRINCE FIELDER GAME USED HOME RUN CAREER # 111 BREWERS WRIGLEY picture
PRINCE FIELDER GAME USED HOME RUN CAREER # 111 BREWERS WRIGLEY
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PSA 10 PRINCE FIELDER 2005 SPX RC AUTO SPECTRUM 01/10 POP 1  PRINCE BEST RC EVER picture
PSA 10 PRINCE FIELDER 2005 SPX RC AUTO SPECTRUM 01/10 POP 1 PRINCE BEST RC EVER
$1999.99


Ian Kinsler Texas Rangers Detroit Game Used Worn All Star Jersey AUTOGRAPHED picture
Ian Kinsler Texas Rangers Detroit Game Used Worn All Star Jersey AUTOGRAPHED
$1999.0


Prince Fielder Game Used Signed MLB Pro Baseball Bat Brewers Rangers PSA LOA X2 picture
Prince Fielder Game Used Signed MLB Pro Baseball Bat Brewers Rangers PSA LOA X2
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Prince Fielder Game Used LS Baseball Bat HR DBY Model PSA Brewers Tigers Rangers picture
Prince Fielder Game Used LS Baseball Bat HR DBY Model PSA Brewers Tigers Rangers
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BREWERS Prince Fielder game used ROOKIE bat Louisville Slugger MEARS LOA MLB HOL picture
BREWERS Prince Fielder game used ROOKIE bat Louisville Slugger MEARS LOA MLB HOL
$1295.0


2005 ULTIMATE COLL AUTO /99 PRINCE FIELDER RC PSA 10...JRSY #/LOW POP...REGiSTRY picture
2005 ULTIMATE COLL AUTO /99 PRINCE FIELDER RC PSA 10...JRSY #/LOW POP...REGiSTRY
$999.99


2006 Topps Chrome Red Refractor rc Auto Autograph 18/25 Ian Kinsler BGS 9 / 10 picture
2006 Topps Chrome Red Refractor rc Auto Autograph 18/25 Ian Kinsler BGS 9 / 10
$999.0


Ian Kinsler Texas Rangers 2006 Rookie Game Used Jersey picture
Ian Kinsler Texas Rangers 2006 Rookie Game Used Jersey
$950.0


Prince Fielder Signed Game Used Lousville Slugger S318 Model Bat picture
Prince Fielder Signed Game Used Lousville Slugger S318 Model Bat
$900.0


2006 Bowman Chrome Prince Fielder Rainbow Set, Red,Gold,Blue,xrefr,refrac.. auto picture
2006 Bowman Chrome Prince Fielder Rainbow Set, Red,Gold,Blue,xrefr,refrac.. auto
$900.0


Autographed Prince Fielder Texas Rangers Jersey Item#4511972 picture
Autographed Prince Fielder Texas Rangers Jersey Item#4511972
$849.99


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