REPORT: Tigers and Rangers have agreed to a deal to swap Ian Kinsler for Prince Fielder
If the Detroit Tigers were indeed concerned about how they were going to budget enough money to pay for extensions for Miguel Cabrera and Max Scherzer, that part has been worked out.
According to a report from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Tigers have agreed to a deal with the Texas Rangers to send Prince Fielder to Texas in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler. [UPDATED: The deal is official, with Fielder and $30 million headed to Texas for Kinsler.]
The Rangers were a player for Fielder when he was a free agent, before he signed his nine-year, $214 million contract with Detroit in January 2012.
One of the players blocking the Rangers’ super prospect Jurickson Profar, Kinsler fits a need for the Tigers at second, and comes at much lower price tag than Fielder. He’s signed through 2017 on a $96.5 deal. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported that the Rangers are getting cash in the deal, and the trade is merely pending the commissioner's approval.
The Tigers have options to fill the role of Fielder at first base, too, as they could simply move Cabrera back across the diamond (he moved from first to third to accommodate Fielder), and put prospect Nick Castellanos at third. Or, they could leave Cabrera where he is, and put Victor Martinez at first, and shop for a designated hitter.
That part, however, will work itself out.
Now, the Tigers will have the ability to hang on to both Cabrera (free agent after 2016) and Scherzer (free agent after 2015) with extensions.