Last night, shit got real in the Hot Stove League and the AL West when the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers pulled off a "bloickbuster" swap of Ian Kinsler and Prince Fielder, seemingly out of thin air. Not only was it the first big move of the offseason, but it might well be the biggest move of the offseason and the Angels weren't involved at all. But an AL West foe was, something the Arte Moreno might have to get used to this winter, something that might present a multi-fronted problem for the Angels.
The most obvious problem here is that the AL West just got better. The Rangers were already a pretty good team, but they just solved one of their biggest problems by bringing Fielder in to give their team a big bat in the middle of the lineup. Sure, he is coming off a down season and it might very well turn out that the drop off from Kinsler to Profar at second base offsets a lot of the gain from bringing in Fielder, but on paper at least, the Rangers are better, more balanced team.no comments