DETROIT, Mich. — Two years after he was signed with the hopes he surpass the legacy of his father, Prince Fielder’s days in Detroit are done.
The 29-year-old first baseman — and son of Tigers legend Cecil Fielder — is heading to the Texas Rangers in a trade for second baseman Ian Kinsler.
“We are fortunate to be in a position to acquire a quality and proven player in Ian Kinsler,” said David Dombrowski, Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager. “Ian is an All-Star caliber talent who provides our lineup with a top of the order bat and has been a solid defensive performer at second base. The Tigers organization thanks Prince Fielder for his contributions to our ballclub for the past two seasons and we wish him all the best in the future.”
News of the trade broke around 8:30 Wednesday evening.
Detroit signed Fielder to a nine-year, $214 million contract in January of 2012. The Rangers will get $30 million from the Tigers to help pay the remainder of the deal.
In his two seasons with the Tigers, Fielder hit .295 with 55 home runs and 214 RBI in 324 regular season games — but just .196 with one homer and three RBI in his 24 postseason contests.