The Texas Rangers had an abundance of middle infielders. Now they have decreased that number by one.
The Rangers confirmed late Wednesday that they have acquired Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder in a trade for Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler.
The trade for the 29-year-old slugger gives Jurickson Profar a chance to take over and develop as the Rangers' regular second baseman. Profar played in 85 games and played every position in the infield last season except first base.
Profar’s performance was unsteady, as the 20-year old lauded as baseball’s top overall prospect struggled at the plate in sporadic opportunities to play.
Kinsler, 31, is under contract through the 2017 season. Fielder's contract still has $168 million remaining and runs through 2020.
That deal was originally said to be for $214 million. The Rangers were one of the teams trying to sign Fielder at the time, but he chose Detroit instead.
Multiple reports indicate the Rangers will receive $30 million in the deal to bring more balance to the contracts. If the alleged monetary amount is on-point, the Rangers would be adding 138 million dollars in salary (over seven years) while dealing away 67 (over five).
In 2013, Kinsler played in 136 games and hit 13 home runs while batting .277 with an OPS of .757.
Fielder played in all 162 games, hit .279 with 25 homers and an OPS of .819.
The deal was first confirmed by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.