After the Texas Rangers traded second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers for Prince Fielder in a blockbuster deal, there have been a few weird coincidences involving the players. The latest comes from an MLB.com reader who predicted the trade last week.
Rangers writer T.R. Sullivan answered questions from fans, and one just happened to be about a potential trade involving Kinsler and Fielder. Here's the question:
Would the Tigers consider swapping Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler straight up? It's my understanding they could use the contract relief, and we could use the middle infielder relief.
-Trace K. of North Richlands Hills, Texas
Here's Sullivan's response:
The Tigers could definitely use Kinsler as a leadoff hitter, but don't seem to be yearning for salary relief. Detroit wants a World Series title and doesn't appear to be worried about the future. Fielder is only 29 and is due $168 million over the next seven years. His .457 slugging percentage this past season was the lowest of his career. The question is was that an aberration or the sign of a downward trend that could make this a tough contract to deal with similar to Albert Pujols with the Angels.
It was a great call by the reader. It would have been even more impressive if Trace K. had predicted the amount of money that the Tigers would send to the Rangers, but that would have been tough to do. The Rangers fan came up with a reasonable proposal and should enjoy the 15 minutes of fame for being absolutely correct.
That hasn't been the only oddity from this trade. The two star players were involved in an ESPN commercial back in 2010, and Kinsler even put on Fielder's pants before the 2012 All-Star game.
This was the first major splash of the offseason. It's incredible how many oddities there have been looking back in time now.
Hat tip to Deadspin for the find.
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