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Sunday, November 24, 2013

NY Times: Kepner: Teams Are Learning to Keep Their Best Players Off the Market

When the Detroit Tigers traded Prince Fielder to Texas last week, they still owed him a staggering $168 million. Only one player had ever been traded with more money still owed to him: Alex Rodriguez, from Texas to the Yankees in 2004.

Rodriguez was 28 then, a year younger than Fielder is now, and had seven years remaining on his contract at the time. So does Fielder, who joined the Rangers on Wednesday with $30 million for second baseman Ian Kinsler.

The Rangers, essentially, made a seven-year, $138 million commitment to Fielder, a reasonable investment for several reasons, but mainly Fielder’s age. He does not turn 30 until May. Age, more than any other number, is the primary consideration for teams as they evaluate the wisdom of long-term investments.

bobm Posted: November 24, 2013 at 02:21 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: alex rodriguez, free agency, prince fielder, salaries

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   1. valuearbitrageur Posted: November 24, 2013 at 04:58 PM (#4605435)
Hey, maybe Fielder will also opt out of his contract with 4 years left!
   2. Walt Davis Posted: November 24, 2013 at 05:59 PM (#4605453)
Whoa, I realize I did some bad math in my head in those Kinsler-Fielder threads. I had Prince at $188 left but it's $168. Oopsie. Still don't like the deal much but it's not as bad for the Rangers as I first thought.

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