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Blockbuster Trade Sends Fielder To Rangers – MLB Roundup For Nov. 21st

Prince Fielder - Getty Images
Prince Fielder – Getty Images

DETROIT (AP)— They say everything is bigger in Texas, so Prince Fielder would appear to be a great fit for the Texas Rangers. In a blockbuster trade, the Rangers are acquiring the portly first baseman from Detroit in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler.

Fielder signed a $214 million, nine-year contract with the Tigers before the 2012 season that includes a limited no-trade provision. But the big first baseman was set to approve the deal. With Fielder gone, Detroit may shift Miguel Cabrera to first base.

Kinsler just finished the first season of a $75 million, five-year contract.

Fielder hit .279 with 25 homers this year, his lowest home run total over a full season. Kinsler batted .277 with 13 homers. He was limited to 136 games because of injuries to his ribs and right side.

The Rangers are also receiving what Texas calls “cash considerations” from the Tigers. A source tells the AP that amounts to $30 million.

NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez walked out of his grievance hearing after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz refused to order baseball Commissioner Bud Selig (SEE’-lig) to testify. Horowitz was in the midst of presiding over the 11th day of hearings on the grievance filed by the players’ association to overturn the suspension given to Rodriguez by Major League Baseball for alleged violations of the sport’s drug agreement and labor contract.

A person familiar with the session said that after Horowitz made his ruling, Rodriguez slammed a table, uttered a profanity at MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred and left. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because what takes place at the hearing is supposed to be confidential.

In a statement Rodriguez said he was disgusted with what he called, “this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails.” He added, “The absurdity and injustice just became too much. I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce.”

Later, appearing on WFAN radio, Rodriguez said, “I’m done. I don’t have a chance.” He added, “My position doesn’t change. I didn’t do it.”

UNDATED (AP) — Manager Mike Matheny has been given a three-year contract extension by the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals lost the World Series in six games to the Boston Red Sox this fall and were one game shy of reaching the World Series in 2012, his first season managing at any level.

The team has also announced that pitcher Chris Carpenter has retired. The 38-year-old right-hander missed all of this season with a recurring nerve issue in his shoulder.

In other Hot Stove League news:

— Josh Johnson and the San Diego Padres have agreed to an $8 million, one-year contract. The right-hander was acquired by Toronto in a trade with Miami last offseason but went 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA 16 appearances this year. He missed significant time with a triceps injury. The 29-year-old had arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur in his elbow at the end of the season.

— The Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms with former starting shortstop Jason Bartlett on a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. Bartlett was a contributor to playoff teams with the Twins in 2006 and Rays in 2008 and 2010.

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