There's a funny thing happening in Major League Baseball. More and more big contracts keep getting handed out and as those contracts invariably turn into regrettable albatrosses that fans and media deem untradeable, they go and get traded. Either we fans and media have misconceptions about the state of finances in today's game or MLB general managers don't seem to grasp what the term "untradeable" actually means. As much as fun as it might be to assume the latter, it is pretty clearly the former.
Just look at the recent blockbuster trade of Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler. By all rights, those contracts should have been untradeable or very close to it. Fielder is owed a whopping $168 million over the next seven years and is coming off of a disappointing season. Meanwhile Kinsler is owed $62 million over four years but is 31 years old, showing signs of decline and had health issues during the 2013 campaign. Yet both of them just got traded, and not in a salary dump way. They were traded for each other in a deal that is generally regarded as being a win for both sides. Sure, the Tigers had to kick in $30 million to make it happen, but considering that they got an All-Star talent back in return, that $30 million could be seen as some as Detroit getting off light considering how onerous that Fielder contract was starting to look after his struggles last season.no comments