The Rangers and Tigers have agreed to a blockbuster trade sending Ian Kinsler to Detroit for first baseman Prince Fielder, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Fielder, coming off a down year, is owed $168 million through the 2020 season.
Ian Kinsler is owed either $62 million over 4 years, or $67 million over 5 years if his fifth year option is exercised.
I had just gotten done writing that this deal is unlikely, but the Rangers have been looking for a big-time power bat to fill the DH, COF or 1B spots for some time, and have been looking for a way to get Jurickson Profar into the middle infield mix.
With Elvis Andrus having just signed a big contract extension, Kinsler appeared to be the most likely player to be moved.
I am assuming the Tigers will be paying some of Fielder's remaining salary.
More updates on this as the details become available.
UPDATE -- Evan Grant says that, per several sources, the deal is done pending Commissioner's approval, with money going to Texas.
UPDATE II -- Ken Rosenthal says it was a one-for-one deal this afternoon, but it is unknown whether that's the current deal.
UPDATE III -- Jon Paul Morosi says it is a one for one deal. No additional players going either way.