MacLennan: The reality of the blockbuster contract

From Ashley MacLennan at Bless You Boys on November 23, 2018:

November 20th marked the five year anniversary of the Detroit Tigers trading Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers for Ian Kinsler. This trade feels especially relevant this year, as one of the major reasons Fielder was moved — even when his hefty contract seemed impossible to offload — was due to his comments following the conclusion of the 2013 ALCS against Boston. Fielder made it very clear that baseball was a job, and his job was done for the year. The end. No comment on his fiasco of a belly flop returning to third base. Just a complete check out to start the postseason.

Detroit fans were not impressed, and neither was management.

The return was four glorious years of watching Ian Kinsler turn double plays with Jose Iglesias, until the 2017 offseason found Kinsler headed to the Angels, and ultimately midseason to the Boston Red Sox.

This October, he won a World Series.

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Originally published: November 26, 2018. Last Updated: November 26, 2018.