Blockbuster Trades in Baseball

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Text: Jay Jaffe,
Photo: Carlos Osorio/AP


November 2013

Details: The Tigers traded Prince Fielder and cash to the Rangers for Ian Kinsler.

The Tigers and Rangers worked out a deal that not only fills persistent holes for both teams but also clears roster logjams by opening spots for their respective top prospects. The deal reportedly includes $30 million heading from Detroit to Texas to help offset the difference in the remaining salaries of the two stars, but the Rangers are still taking on considerably more risk. The 29-year-old first baseman (30 in May) Fielder is just two years into a nine-year, $214 million deal he signed with the Tigers in 2012, a contract that ranks as the fifth-largest in baseball history. On the other side of the deal is the 31-year-old Kinsler, who spent more than a year in the middle of rumors regarding either a trade or a shift off second base, either of which would have allowed the Rangers to play Jurickson Profar, the consensus top prospect in baseball coming into 2013, at the keystone.

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