In a trade that literally no one saw coming, the Detroit Tigers traded Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers for Ian Kinsler. While it seemed like the big power hitter loved being in Detroit, the feelings apparently weren’t as mutual as the Tigers’ front office dealt the big man just two years after inking him to a nine-year $214 million deal. Why is this trade so good for the Tigers, however?
Well, let’s look into this. Detroit was hoping to extend Max Scherzer‘s contract which was set to be up following the 2014 season and they now have enough money to do so. With the contract of Fielder, the Tigers were looking to pay too much money over the next couple of seasons and Scherzer is coming off a Cy Young season, making his future contract look far more than Detroit could afford with their payroll.
This trade sends that hefty deal to Texas for Ian Kinsler’s four remaining years for about $60 million. This seemingly saves more money than anyone would have expected the Tigers to save and it just means that the Cy Young winner will stay with Detroit likely for the rest of his career.
You might be saying, ‘well this hurts their lineup, right?’ — it might take some time to adjust. However, Fielder severely underperformed in his time with the Tigers, never hitting over 30 homers and hovering around the .285 mark combined for both seasons.
What’s more important, a guy who hit 25 homers in the 2013 regular season and then disappeared in the postseason or a Cy Young winner who had a sub-three ERA and 21 wins on the year? Easy choice.
Great move by Detroit.