Source: Tigers Agree To Swap Fielder For Kinsler
(NEW YORK) — The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a deal that would send first baseman Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler, according to ESPN.
Both players still need to undergo physicals in order to complete the deal, and sources say another player could be involved.
The Tigers will send $30 million to the Rangers to make the deal work. Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski called up Jon Daniels on Tuesday and floated around the idea of swapping Fielder for Kinsler.
“Dave called yesterday and threw out the concept,” the Rangers GM said. “We had a little dialogue before on it. From there, David and I had a series of phone calls and both sides were interested and we got the money where both sides could live with it.”
Fielder, 29, hit .279 with 25 home runs and 106 RBIs during his second season with the Tigers. Fielder signed a nine-year, $214 million contract with Detroit before the 2012 season.
The 31-year-old Kinsler hit .277 with 13 home runs and 72 RBIs last season for the Rangers.
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