Rangers Seal Trade Deal for Detroit’s Prince

Fielder headed to Texas, while Ian Kinsler set for the Motor City

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Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder hits a two-run home run in the third inning against the Boston Red Sox during their MLB American League Baseball game in Boston, Massachusetts, September 4, 2013.

After two seasons with his father’s alma mater and one World Series appearance, Prince Fielder is headed to the Lone Star State in exchange for the Rangers’ second baseman Ian Kinsler who will settle into the Tigers star-studded line up in Detroit next season.

“He fits what we’re looking for — a middle-of-the-order power threat that is durable and plays to win,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told ESPN on Wednesday.

Last season, Fielder earned a .279 batting average along with 25 homers and 106 RBIs. The five-time All-Star slugger will likely find a nice home in the Ranger’s hitter friendly park, while the $168 million due to him over the course of the next seven seasons will likely enjoy the absence of income taxes in Texas.