On November 20th, The Tigers traded 1st baseman Prince Fielder to the Rangers, in exchange for 2nd baseman Ian Kinsler.
When you look at Fielders previous stats, you may say this years were down, but Fielder still had a great overall year, as he posted a .279 BA with 25 HRs and 106 RBIs. Kinsler, on the other hand, did not. He posted a .277 BA with 13 HRs and 73 RBIs. When you look at the stats, it’s clear that Fielder has the upper hand, but lets look deeper…The Rangers had themselves in an infield mess coming into this offseason. Who knew one trade, could put them into a perfect infield setting? Elvis Andrus, Ian Kinsler, and Jurickson Profar, are all middle infielders for Texas. Two of them being shortstops, one being a second baseman. The Rangers front office shipped out the second baseman to Detroit. But why?
Ian Kinsler has declined in the past few seasons, from an offensive standpoint. Moving Kinsler to Detroit gives The Rangers the option to move Profar over to second base and keep Andrus at shortstop. Everyone wins. Right?
Wrong. The Tigers receive Kinsler, which means they get a solid second baseman. Lets take a look at his stats from the previous three years.
2011 32 HR 77 RBI 30 SB
2012 19 HR 72 RBI 21 SB
2013 13 HR 72 RBI 15 SB
They are declining. The Tigers loose a huge threat in the middle of their order, for an over-average second baseman.
In Conclusion, this makes perfect sense for The Rangers as it adds depth to their infield and adds the power that they will be missing in Nelson Cruz. It is obvious that the winners of this trade are indeed the Texas Rangers.