Tigers Trade Fielder to Texas for Ian Kinsler

Ian Kinsler is the newest Tiger

As first reported by Jon Heyman of CBS, the Tigers traded first baseman Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers, along with $30 million, in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler.

The Tigers signed Prince Fielder to a nine-year, $214 million contract prior to the 2012 season, anticipating he'd be the anchor for the team at first base and in the cleanup spot for a decade.

Instead, just two years later, the Tigers are moving on, shipping Fielder to the Texas Rangers, in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler.

The deal will also include the Tigers sending $30 million in cash to Texas, meaning the Tigers ended up paying approximately $76 million for two years of service from Prince.

Fielder hit 55 home runs over his two seasons in Detroit, but saw a dramatic decline in production in 2013, with his OPS falling more than 100 points from .940 in his Detroit debut to .819 in 2013.

Kinsler is in the middle of a five-year deal that pays him $75 million, which runs through 2017. He is owed $57 million over the next four seasons according to Cot's Contracts, along with a $10 million option for 2018 (or a $5 million buyout), at which point the contract will end when Kinsler is 36 years old.

Kinsler hit .277 in 2013, posting a .757 OPS and for his career has an .804 OPS. He's also very highly regarded when it comes to defense, posting a dWAR of 1.5, and coming in at fourth among qualified second basemen, with 11 runs saved defensively.

The move is likely just the first of many for the Tigers this off-season, as they look to re-shape a club that came up just short once again in its quest for its first World Series title since 1984.

Speculation has now run rampant that this could mean the Tigers will extend Max Scherzer and/or Miguel Cabrera, pursue Shin-Soo Choo or Carlos Beltran in free agency, or a myriad of other options.

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