#MLB Prince Fielder traded for Ian Kinsler…cue the Video!
Now that the dust has settled, and the blockbuster trade of the winter has officially been confirmed, let’s look at a ESPN Sunday Night Baseball ad talking about a trade…from a while back. My favorite part is Parks and Rec star Adam Scott ending the commercial on an interesting note:
Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder, who struggled mightily this postseason, was traded for the Texas Rangers’ Ian Kinsler. This was beneficial for both teams, but still, let’s look at the numbers:
Prince Fielder’s career numbers (per ESPN.com):
0.286 Batting Average, 285 home runs, 726 walks, 980 strikeouts, 870 RBI’s, 0.916 OPS
0.279 Batting Average, 25 home runs, 75 walks, 117 strikeouts,106 RBI’s, 0.819 OPS
0.225 Batting Average, 0 home runs, 3 walks, 7 strikeouts, 0.561 OPS
Ian Kinsler’s career numbers (per ESPN.com):
0.273 Batting Average, 156 home runs, 462 walks, 568 strikeouts, 172 stolen bases, 539 RBI’s, 0.757 OPS
0.277 Batting Average, 51 walks, 59 strikeouts, 15 stolen bases, 72 RBI’s, 0.757 OPS
Both are over the hill baseball-wise, with Kinsler at 31 years old and Fielder at 29 years old, but now both the Tiger and Rangers get what they need. I am personally worried about Fielder’s age and especially his weight playing 162-game seasons, which is why I used the “over-the-hill” label.
The Tigers get much needed salary wiggle room for a good middle infielder who can hit and steal bases. The Rangers get a coveted left-handed bat in the lineup and only pay part of Fielder’s huge contract.
Sounds like a win-win in my book.
Note: This post was updated because I got Fielder’s age wrong. Thanks Todd for finding the error!