On November 20, 2013, the Texas Rangers sent second baseman and three-time American League All-Star Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for former MVP finalist first baseman/designated hitter Prince Fielder.
If you were Jon Daniels, the general manager of the Texas Rangers, would you (if it were possible) go back in time and reverse this trade?
Baseball Essential on Twitter, which can be found at @BB_Essential, is running a poll today regarding this question.
If you ran the Rangers and had a time machine, would you undo the Kinsler/Fielder trade? (If Kinsler stays, maybe no Odor?)
— Baseball Essential (@BB_Essential) April 25, 2017
The deal, at the time, was determined to be an even, straight-up exchange. The Tigers filled a much-needed defensive role at second base, and the Rangers padded their offensive lineup, something that had ailed them in the past.
However, Fielder played just 289 games for the Rangers prior to retiring due to a debilitating neck injury that had kept him out for parts of his three years in Arlington. Kinsler, though, has put up career-best numbers in his three full years as a Tiger.
Kinsler won his first Gold Glove award with the Tigers last season, after accruing MVP votes the season before. In 2014, Kinsler had a career-high 188 hits and made the All-Star game with 40 doubles and 17 home runs.
Here’s the kicker: if Kinsler were still suiting up in the Rangers’ blue and red, Texas would have never enjoyed the emergence of 23-year-old all-around phenom Rougned Odor at second base.
Odor hit 33 home runs, which was tops on the 2016 AL West champions team. He slugged .502 and had 88 runs batted in 150 games. His 33 doubles were first on the squad, and his 164 hits were a career-best.
At just 23, the sky is the limit with Odor, whereas Kinsler is entering the later stages of his time in the league, playing for Detroit at 35 years old. Odor is locked up until 2023 at an extremely affordable $8.25 million per year, which will allow the Rangers to build around his young, talented self.
Head over to Twitter and take the poll!