In a story for the upcoming issue of ESPN The Magazine, Kinsler talked about how he hopes the Rangers go 0-162 and that he thinks Rangers GM Jon Daniels is a sleazeball.
Kinsler has every right to be upset about the trade. It was one of those trades that just came out of nowhere, and the way the news was delivered to Kinsler was handled poorly as Daniels was on a plane when it broke. Kinsler had been a member of the Rangers organization since being drafted in 2003, and he deserved the situation to be handled better. Calling out his former team in the the media like he did was a bit drastic, but it did get his point across loud and clear.
The circumstances of the trade weren’t the best for Kinsler, but the trade was the right fit for both parties. If Kinsler had stayed in Texas, he would have been forced to move to a new position as the Rangers favored prospect Jurickson Profar at second. The Rangers had tried to move Kinsler to first base last season, but Kinsler rejected the move. As a result of the trade, the Rangers got a first baseman in Fielder and Kinsler got a chance to be an everyday second baseman with the Tigers.
Kinsler seems to be a perfect for the Tigers. The trade allows the Tigers to get top prospect Nick Castellanos into the lineup by moving Miguel Cabrera from third base over to first to fill Fielder’s old position. Cabrera is better suited at first in this stage of his career, so the move is good for both sides. Kinsler provides a replacement for Omar Infante at second and provides the Tigers a potential leadoff batter. Austin Jackson has been the leadoff batter for the past few seasons, but he has struggled in that role due to high strikeout totals. Kinsler could replace him in that role and provide a jump-start for the Tigers’ lineup while providing a solid defensive presence in the field.
The Kinsler trade also gives the Tigers some much-needed financial room in their budget. With Max Scherzer entering the final year of his contract, the Tigers have a much better chance of re-signing him by getting rid of Fielder’s nine-year, $214 million contract.
In the end, both parties won in this trade, but that seems to have little effect on Kinsler’s feelings.