In a move that not many saw coming, the Rangers have acquired first baseman Prince Fielder from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Ian Kinsler. This trade is a blockbuster for sure in the American League. Acquiring Fielder gives Texas a powerful first baseman that can hit 30 homers and bring in 100 RBI’s consistently each year. Trading away Kinsler is tough to swallow, but the second baseman’s old job could be filled by top prospect Jurickson Profar. Profar’s main position is shortstop but he certainly has the ability to play second base.
Despite being a fan favorite in Texas, Ian Kinsler is in the midst of a decline in his career. Last year, Kinsler hit .277 with only 13 home runs and 72 RBI’s. He’s a shell of his 2011 MVP self when he batted .255 to go along with 32 home runs. On the opposite side, Prince Fielder just came off another good-but not the best-year for the Tigers. Prince batted .279 with 25 home runs and 126 RBI’s. Many may claim Prince is lazy and is not in shape. But for the past three years, Fielder has played in every game.
In Prince’s game, he doesn’t have much versatility. He is a first baseman only, he is slow, but he is still a fan favorite around the league. Despite having a bad year in his terms, Fielder is still a terrific hitting commodity. Trading away Kinsler is tough, but his spot will be filled by Jurickson Profar. Profar hasn’t had consistent time playing in the infield. But with Kinsler in Detroit, Profar can play maximize his talent.
Overall grade for the Rangers: B+
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