The Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers completed a blockbuster trade that caught some by surprise. The Rangers get Prince Fielder while the Tigers get Ian Kinsler in return. Fielder gave Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski the go ahead to get the deal done.
“I thought it would be good for everyone,” Fielder said, via ESPN Dallas. “I just wanted everyone to be happy.”
“It’s definitely different,” Fielder said. “It’s going to be new. I’ll take it. It’s a fresh start. I’m just happy to be with Texas and hopefully we can have a good year.”
“I enjoyed my teammates and I’ll miss the fans,” Fielder said. “I’m happy to start anew in Texas.”
The biggest transition for Fielder will be the heat. Rangers fans have thought that the summer heat steers free agents away from Texas. Fielder says he prefers the heat.
“For me, whenever it’s warm, I feel loose and better,” Fielder said. “It’s going to be hot.”
One of the benefits for the left-handed Fielder is a short right field. That could help his numbers rise and increase the impact he has on the Rangers batting line up. Their bats went cold towards the end of the season and losing Nelson Cruz to a suspension hurt their power.