During the offseason, the Detroit Tigers were criticized by many fans and experts for trading slugger Prince Fielder for veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Texas Rangers. Dave Dombrowski, the Tigers’ general manager, was usually known for making the smart move, but in this situation, fans thought otherwise.
According to many reports, Fielder is set to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck. The big slugger was expected to, by many people, have a monster season playing in a hitter-friendly park like The Ballpark in Arlington, but that hasn’t been the case.
Fielder has his worst seasonal output in 2013 with Detroit since his rookie year, forcing the Tigers to dump most of his monstrous contract on the Rangers for Kinsler.
Many people in Detroit were furious at the trade, calling for Dombrowski’s job.
How could Detroit possibly win without one of the best power hitters in the game batting behind Miguel Cabrera? Well, it’s starting to look like Ian Kinsler is one of the team’s better hitters and now that Fielder is seriously considering season-ending surgery, Detroit made out like bandits in the trade.
Fielder was hitting just .247 with three home runs and 16 RBI this season while Kinsler is batting a cool .319 with four home runs and 20 BRI.
Giving up on a huge contract that could have bogged down the Tigers in future years was the smartest possible move and they got a solid veteran leader out of the deal — not a bad move.
Give it up for Dave Dombrowski, folks.
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