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Reaction to Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler trade all positive

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From regaining positional flexibility to clearing up cash for extensions, the Tigers gain nothing but praise for their trade of Prince Fielder.

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The reaction to the Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler trade was over-the-top positive for the Dave Dombrowski and the Detroit Tigers.

Grant Brisbee of SB Nation can't believe just how much sense the trade made for the Tigers and Rangers and we should have seen it coming.

First: Prince Fielder's contract was poison. More importantly, he was going to be poison in Detroit unless he single-handedly won a World Series by himself. If he did the Barry Zito, overcoming the expectations and failures to have a single defining moment in the postseason, everyone would forget about the combined .196/.267/.239 line in 101 plate appearances for the Tigers in the playoffs. That's possible. I wouldn't want to spend $168 million to find out, which is what Fielder has left over seven years.

Second: The Rangers and Fielder have always made sense. It made sense at the time, considering the Rangers have struggled to find a long-term solution since Rafael Palmeiro left (while generously bequeathing young first basemen to the rest of baseball). Prince Fielder at Arlington, even considering the down seasons, is going to be fun to watch.

Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas / Ft Worth agrees the deal makes sense.

For the Rangers, this immediately gives them that middle-of-the-order presence that was the top priority this offseason. The offense lagged last season in terms of scoring runs consistently and missed having power hitters Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli in the lineup. When Nelson Cruz departed for 50 games because of a PED suspension, the lineup got even lighter.

Hardball Talk's Matthew Pouliot calls the move a big win for the Tigers.

Give lots of credit to Dave Dombrowski; the potential nightmare back half of Prince Fielder‘s nine-year, $214 million contract is no more.

Instead, Fielder and the $168 million he’s still owed is gone after two mildly disappointing seasons in Detroit, with Ian Kinsler‘s more palatable deal coming back. There will be some cash also going to Texas, but not so much as to make this look like anything but a win for Detroit.

Fox Sport's Ken Rosenthal does the math. The Tigers made out like bandits.

Could Fielder's post-ALCS elimination remarks played a role in the deal? Bob Nightengale of the USA Today believes so.

Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News hints at the team having issues with Fielder's attitude as well.

If true, MLB Network's Brian Kenny thinks that reasoning is a mistake.

Tony Paul of the Detroit News says things change.

Dombrowski moving what was believed to be an unmovable contract shocked the media, yet they weren't surprised. If anyone on the planet could deal Fielder, it was one David Dombrowski.

Lynn Henning of the Detroit News thinks the deal gives the Tigers a great deal of flexibility. Positives all around

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