Last night the Texas Rangers traded Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers for Prince Fielder and $30 mil. While on paper the trade makes perfect baseball sense, and money cents, the Tigers will miss Prince Fielder protecting Miguel Cabrera. It is no coincidence that Miggy's two best seasons in the MLB have come with Prince Fielder hitting behind him in the lineup. Cabrera walked 108 times the season before Fielder arrived, and just 156 times in the last two seasons. Let's be serious though, Miguel Cabrera will be fine, but the Detroit Tigers offense is going to look VERY different this coming season.
Ian Kinsler is going to be knocked down my 2B rankings for 2014 Fantasy Baseball as he has hit just .231 on the road over the last 3 seasons, compared to .294 at hitter friendly Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. On top of that, he has just 9 hits in 54 ABs in Comerica Park over the last 3 seasons. I understand why the Tigers would make such a move, but I think they went after the wrong player.
Prince Fielder lasted just two seasons in Detroit after signing a 9 year $214 mil deal, but during that time, only Miguel Cabrera and Chris Davis have driven in more runs, he is top 10 in walks, 12th in hits, his 55 home runs are good for 17th in all of baseball and his 69 doubles sits him 20th. On top of those numbers, Fielder never missed a single game. Fielder in Texas means a boost in power numbers, Mitch Moreland moves to the OF or plays DH, and Jurikson Profar will most likely be the Rangers starting 2B, unless of course Robinson Cano is signed.
However the Rangers construct their roster this offseason, swapping Fielder for Kinsler makes them better.