Detroit Tigers’ Prince Fielder runs off the field during Game 2 of the American League baseball championship series against the Boston Red Sox. The Detroit Tigers and Texas agreed to a blockbuster trade Wednesday that would send Fielder to the Rangers for second baseman Ian Kinsler. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

The Detroit Tigers dealt first baseman Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night, less than two years after signing the five-time all-star.

In the one-for-one deal that took less than 24 hours to complete, Detroit will also send cash considerations – reportedly $30 million in payments starting in 2016 – to Texas and will receive Ian Kinsler in return.

Tigers General Manager Dave Dombrowski said the idea was mentioned at the league’s General Managers meetings last week but serious discussions only began Tuesday morning.

“You could tell both sides were interested and motivated,” Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels said (via “We got the money where both sides could live with it and we made the deal.”

The blockbuster move even surprised some players, including Tigers ace Justin Verlander.

Fielder is owed $168 million over the next seven years after signing a $214 million deal with the Tigers in 2012. Kinsler, a three-time all-star for the Rangers, has $57 million left in the final four gauranteed seasons of his contract. The Tigers can pick up his $12 million option for 2018 or buy it out for $5 million, according to

The trade could save Detroit more than $70 million, allowing the team to keep American League Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, who is a year away from free agency.

The 29-year-old Fielder hit 25 home runs and had a .279 batting average for the ALCS-runner up Tigers this season. Second baseman Kinsler, 31, batted .277 with 13 homers while being limited to 136 games because of injuries.

Daniels is confident the move will add power and depth to the team’s batting lineup.

“A huge focus for us this winter was finding some kind of middle-of-the-order presence and power…I still think there’s still a lot of big run production and years ahead of him,” he said (via Associated Press.)

Strangely enough, both players were featured in an ESPN commercial back in 2010, where they discuss a fantasy baseball trade with actor Adam Scott.