The Rangers received a solid 1B/DH in Prince Fielder, a player who can flat-out hit the ball out of the park, in addition to $30 million that will surely be used to improve the roster in the near future. While the Tigers received 2B Ian Kinsler, an argument could be made that the Rangers are the immediate winners of the deal.
One only needs to look at what their starting infield could look like in 2014. A group of Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus, highly-touted prospect Jurickson Profar and either Prince Fielder or Mitch Moreland screams success for the organization in the near future.
Out of that group, it’s clear that Moreland and Fielder will split the duties at first and when one of them is in the diamond, the other would be the DH, barring any injury. Profar will finally be able to put on display the tremendous potential that has him as the best infield prospect in all of baseball, and the duo of Andrus and Beltre will continue patrolling the left side of the diamond for Texas the next season.
This move doesn’t make the Rangers automatic World Series contenders, but it’s an undeniable step in the right direction. Having one of the best infields in the league can only be considered a success going forward.