Moves so far
- Acquired 2B Ian Kinsler from Texas in exchange for 1B Prince Fielder and cash
- Traded RHP Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals in exchange for IF/OF Steve Lombardozzi, RP Ian Krol and pitching prospect Robbie Ray
- Signed RP Joe Nathan to a two-year, $20 million deal
- Signed OF Rajai Davis to a two-year, $10 million deal
- Signed RP Joba Chamberlain to a one-year, $2.5 million deal
- Rick Porcello Possibly on trade market
The Tigers have had an impressive off season, and have managed to shed payroll down the line in doing so. Their big move came when they traded 1B Prince Fielder for 2B Ian Kinsler. While Fielder is the better player in the deal, the Tigers were able to shed some of his massive 9 year contract, 7 years left on it, while acquiring one of the best 2B in the league. Fielder is 29, and will be 37 when his deal expires. He is owed $168 million over the remainder of his contract, with most of that money coming after his prime years. Tigers deserve credit for being able to take that money off the books for what can potentially be a disaster in a few years.
By trading Fielder, first base opens up for Miguel Cabrera to move back in, meaning the Tigers can call up touted 3B prospect Nick Castellanos to man the corner. Despite trading the second best player in their lineup, they have actually managed to balance out their lineup, by adding a power speed mix in Kinsler, a big improvement at 2nd, and making room for their top prospect.
The Fister trade may hurt the rotation, but with the Tigers already having Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, they can afford to lose out on pitching a little.
Joe Nathan is an immediate improvement at closer, a role that has killed them the last two seasons.
Tigers get a B+, they shed payroll and managed to seemingly improve their team. That is what every GM wants to do going into the off season.
If Tigers make any moves, this will be updated.
Next team up is the Royals.
- Report: Tigers, Rangers Agree to Blockbuster Trade Involving Ian Kinsler, Prince Fielder (nesn.com)
- Tigers, Rangers agree to Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler trade, per report (sbnation.com)