It’s easy to second guess a free agency move or trade. It’s even easier when it’s a block buster deal such as Ian Kinsler for Prince Fielder. Yes it’s early but the numbers don’t lie and up to this point in the season, the Detroit Tigers have come out on top over the Texas Rangers.
Fielder who’s known for his bat was brought in to hit home runs. How many has he hit so far? None. In fact, he’s only has six hits on the year so far.
Kinsler on the other hand has 10 hits, and he’s gone long for one home run. He hit a walkoff to help the Tigers win in their opening series on top of that.
Kinsler spent eight seasons with the Rangers and after Josh Hamilton and Michael Young departed from Texas, he unofficially became the face of the Rangers. Had he not been traded this past offseason, he would’ve not only been the face of the franchise but every player on the team would have looked to him for leadership. He would’ve had seniority.
We all know about the comments Kinsler made after he left the team. He had strong statements about General Manager Jon Daniels. How legit were those comments? Was Kinsler simply lashing out because he was traded? Was he truly hurt because he wasn’t told ahead of time that he would no longer be a Texas Ranger? Does he really hope ill of his former team?
The Rangers have a few wins on their record so the club is obviously not going to finish 0-162 like Kinsler said he hoped they would but by if things continue at the rate they’re going, Kinsler will have the last laugh.
There’s plenty of time for things to turn around this season and its only a matter of time until Fielder goes long but one can only figure that Kinsler is hoping that Daniels will truly regret the decision.