Prince Fielder is headed to Texas to become the Rangers' everyday first baseman, and Ian Kinsler is going to Detroit as the Rangers and Tigers announced a blockbuster deal Wednesday night.
Detroit is also sending $30 million to Texas.
Fielder adds much-needed power to the middle of the Rangers' lineup, and his left-handed swing should play well at Rangers Ballpark. Fielder is signed for seven more seasons at $24 million per season.
The Rangers had made it clear all off-season that they would be willing to trade a middle infielder, as it's a position of strength and depth in the organization. By trading Kinsler, the Rangers have cleared an everyday job for Jurickson Profar, who will play second.
Kinsler has a guaranteed four years and $68 million left on his contract.
-- Drew Davison