It’s true what they say – everything is bigger in Texas. Especially now that the Detroit Tigers have freed up cap space, and a ton of dugout space by trading Prince Fielder and $30 mill in cash to Texas for second baseman Ian Kinsler.
It’s supposed to be a good deal if both sides feel like they got jobbed, but it says here both teams got exactly what they want.
I love it in the short term for Texas – they immediately slam a masher into that bandbox. His abysmal October aside, Fielder’s still one of the biggest bats and most durable dudes in the game.
Problem is – he’s still one of the biggest people in the game, with one of the fattest contracts. And that’s why in the long-term, it’s a sweet deal for the D. I’m no orthopedist, but I have a hard time seeing Fielder aging gracefully when he’s the size of Ndamukong Suh.
And the guy was on the books for 7 more seasons as a Tiger. With that kind of deal for an aging star… standing here in SoCal I’m actually shocked The Prince didn’t end up an Angel.
But he’s off the Tiger’s books, Miggy Cabrera moves over to first base, and the team can take that Prince cash and start forking it over to Max Scherzer. Money.
This one’s a draw: Texas gets a bat. Detroit loses the fat. Winner-Winner. Prince wants some dinner.