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Recently this offseason, shortstop Ian Kinsler was traded by the Texas Rangers to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for slugger Prince Fielder (click here for Fielders’ side of the trade, and his clubhouse issues). Kinsler spent his entire eight-year MLB career with the Rangers, making the All-Star team three times and contributing to World Series runs in 2011 and 2013.
In an interview with ESPN The Magazine, Ian Kinsler said some pretty nasty stuff about his old team and general manager.
“I hope they go 0-162. I got friends, and I love my friends, but I hope they lose their ass.”
And that’s not all. He also ripped his former general manager and accused him of running former Rangers’ CEO Nolan Ryan out the door.
“Daniels is a sleazeball. He got in good with the owners and straight pushed Ryan out. He thought all the things he should get credit for, Ryan got credit for. It’s just ego. Once we went to the World Series, everybody’s ego got huge, except for Nolan’s.”
Kinsler included that he found out he had been traded via a text message from a Dallas radio host. On the situation, Daniels said:
“I feel bad that’s how he found out.”
Daniels did, however, claim that he was on plane when the trade went down, and said he called Kinsler as soon as his plane landed. Not surprisingly, Kinsler didn’t take the call.
Kinsler has a promising future ahead of him, taking the spotlight at shortstop for the Tigers with former shortstop Jhonny Peralta being traded to the Cardinals. We’ll have to see how this change affects him, for better or for worse.
All signs point to Nelson Cruz signing with the Mariners. The right fielder is tied to draft pick compensation after declining a qualifying offer from the Rangers, but the Mariners would only have to give up a third round pick. This would be another huge addition to the Mariners, who have a pretty weak outfield.
Bob Dutton, a beat reporter for the Tacoma News Tribune first reported this, which is the first report:
Cruz hit .266 in 2013 and had 27 home runs. The one thing that scared teams away from Cruz, besides his being tied to a pick, was the fact that he was suspended in 2013. Although he was suspended, he was still an all-star last season. Cruz would offer protection for new addition Robinson Cano, which is one thing many people have been worried about.
As soon as updates become available, they will be posted.
Adrian Beltre, a future HOF 3rd basemen, has already come out and told the media that Prince Fielder, whom the Rangers acquired early in the offseason, would win the 2014 MVP. Although Miguel Cabrera and Chris Davis are still out there and should produce, Fielder has a good chance of an MVP. The reason? Adrian Beltre. You have to pitch to Fielder with Beltre behind him.
Cabrera (DET) has Torii Hunter to back him up. The reason you can’t use the same argument for Cabrera is that Hunter doesn’t have the same power as Beltre, so you could intentionally walk Cabrera, back the infield up, then let Hunter hit.
While Davis has Jones behind him, we don’t know if last season was just a fluke or not. He was not a headlined player before 2013, but quickly became a household name. You don’t know ifhis performance last season was a fluke or if Davis really has improved that much.
Fielder, we know, puts up big numbers. In his eight year career, he average 35 home runs, 107 RBIs, and a slash line of .286/.389/.587 a season. Fielder will likely continue to produce at this same consistency, with the addition of Shin-Soo Choo in front of him and Adrian Beltre behind him. Could this be a title year for the Rangers?