Oct 25, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder (28) is tagged out at home plate by San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) in the second inning of game two of the 2012 World Series at AT

Detroit Tigers paid Texas Rangers $30 million in Prince Fielder trade

The baseball world had quite a jolt Wednesday evening when the Detroit Tigers elected to trade slugger Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers in exchange for infielder Ian Kinsler.

It was about as basic a deal as one could conceive – a straight up trade involving two players. At least, that’s how it seemed at first. But according to Jeff Passan, the Detroit Tigers also sent $30 million dollars along with Prince to the Rangers in exchange for Kinsler.

Final deal: Detroit trades Prince Fielder + $30M to Texas for Ian Kinsler. TEX gets Prince for 7/$138M, DET gets Kinsler for 4/$62M + $30M.

As Passan points out, Fielder is making an absurd amount of money. The first baseman signed a nine-year, $214 million dollar deal prior to the 2012 season and still has $168 million left on the books. Of course, that drops down to a more respectable $138 with the addition of the $30 million provided by the Tigers, but still – that’s far from a bargain.

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