While there are still a lot of moving pieces that general manager Jon Daniels and the Texas Rangers have, winners and losers have emerged from the trade early in the offseason. Let's take a quick look at the effects from the Fielder trade.
Jurickson Profar headlines the list of winners in the Fielder trade. Profar now has second base locked down and won't have to worry about playing time. While we have yet to see his ceiling, heading into spring training as the everyday second baseman should put Profar to ease at night.
Another winner from the trade is Jon Daniels. Unable to pull off a positively impactful trade during the 2013 MLB trade deadline, Daniels successfully added a power bat to the Rangers lineup that they were looking for. Sure, Kinsler brought power to the team and twice hit 30 home runs with 30 stolen bases. And for a second baseman, Kinsler did have 156 home runs in eight MLB seasons with the Rangers.
Also, as mentioned above, Profar's ceiling is yet to be determined. But the former No. 1 prospect could surpass Kinsler's talents. In putting Kinsler's resume next to Fielder's, Fielder has 285 home runs in nine MLB seasons. Currently Daniels is a genius for pulling off this trade, especially if Profar lives up to the hype.
The last winner from the Fielder trade is Max Scherzer. Set to test the free-agent market soon, Scherzer can now sign long-term contract for more money with Fielder's contract heading to Texas.
Sorry Ian, but you make the losers list from the Fielder trade. Ian Kinsler now has to play in Detroit. Kinsler hit for a .167 batting average in 2013 at Detroit's Comerica Park. Overall at Comerica Park, Kinsler has hit for a .200 batting average. In 140 at-bats in Comerica, Kinsler has three home runs. The Tigers have a great pitching staff, but Kinsler has a career .258 batting average against the team, with seven home runs in 212 at-bats. Nonetheless, playing in Comerica Park is a downgrade from playing at hitter-friendly Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
First baseman Mitch Moreland is a loser from the Fielder trade and offseason shakeup. Moreland has lost his everyday spot on the right side of the field but does remain in the hunt for the designated hitter role. Moreland might play some left field, but he should see overall decreased playing time for the Rangers in 2014.
And quickly for the Tigers, Miguel Cabrera appears to be the biggest loser. He is now without his protection in the middle of the lineup that made it easier for him to hit for the Triple Crown. But basically, Cabrera losing Fielder can be summed up in one tweet.
It might be a tough road ahead without your "buffet line" buddy, but keep your head up Cabrera.
While these players and the Rangers general manager headline the lists of winners and losers from the Fielder trade and offseason shakeup, there are still players with their futures to be determined. Seeking four years and $75 million, Nelson Cruz could end up a loser if he doesn't sign his dream contract.
Cruz has said he wants to be back with the Rangers in 2014, but with Fielder added to the payroll, it makes that very unlikely. As four years and $75 million is money that Cruz might not even get, signing for less in the range of $50 million might not be an option for the Rangers to explore now, even though that too was not probable.
With a young offseason, the Rangers still have many options to explore and more winners and losers to be determined.
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