- 2B Ian Kinsler traded to Detroit Tigers for 1B Prince Fielder & $
- P Shawn Tolleson claimed off waivers from Los Angeles Dodgers
- SS Luis Sardinas & P Lisalverto Bonilla were “selected” from AA Frisco
- P Ben Rowen was “selected” from AAA Round Rock
- P Edwar Cabrera was outrighted to AAA
NOTES: Obviously the big deal here is the trade of Ian Kinsler to Detroit. Despite my calling him Capt Uppercut for several years now, and his horrible tendency to want to hit EVERY ball over the left field fence, he was here for a long time. I’ll miss the presence in the lineup. Next April it will feel weird having someone else (likely Profar) out there at second base.
Having said that, what you get back is Prince Fielder. He’s a guy I’ve always wanted to have on my team, and I never quite thought I would. He has one of those swings that our Home Run porch was made for. We’ll have him through the 2020 season if the contract stays the same. We’re getting $30 million from the Tigers to help pay for his contract. That $30M will come here through the 2016-2020 seasons.
His stick is quite exciting to think about. His defense, not as much. I suspect if Mitch Moreland had figured out how to hit the ball before now, we wouldn’t have made this move. But I’m quite excited to see what Prince Fielder can do in our Ballpark. :)