ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Infielder Ian Kinsler #5 of the Texas Rangers rounds 3rd base after a home run on the first pitch of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays September 17, 2013 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
After he was dealt to Detroit for Prince Fielder, former Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler was apparently not too happy and a bit in shock, as he was broken the news while on vacation with teammates Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus.
But after being introduced to Detroit media and having some time to let the move soak in, Kinsler seems excited about his new club, which, along with the Rangers have played for the last four AL pennants and won three of them.
"It's going to be a new journey for me, but as far as the organization that I got traded to, I'm extremely excited," Kinsler said in a conference call Monday. "You can tell that they're in a win-now mode."
Kinsler also said he was excited to play with two-time reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera, arguably the greatest right-handed hitter of all time, and possibly have the opportunity of hitting in front of the hitting machine.
"Miguel -- he's had everything in the world said about him," Kinsler said. "I don't know what I could say that no one else has said. If I have the opportunity to hit in front of him, I'm going to try to take advantage."
It'll be strange seeing Kinsler in another uniform, but the deal proves that trades are just part of the game, and hopefully Rangers fans will give him a warm welcome, like the one they gave Mike Napoli last year, when he returns to Rangers Ballpark with the Tigers.