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"I got an ESPN alert and then everybody starting texting," Franklin said. "Ian is in Hawaii. He texted me and said, 'I think I've just been traded. Can you check?' We didn't see it coming."
Franklin talked to Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine, who confirmed the news that Kinsler was headed to the Tigers for slugger Prince Fielder.
The Rangers said on a conference call Wednesday night that word was leaked before they got a chance to inform everyone involved, something they weren't happy about. Still, the trade didn't need Kinsler's approval.
After the season, Kinsler and Franklin submitted 10 teams that he'd be willing to accept a trade to, as per the terms of his contract. The Tigers were on that list.
"We had talked about Detroit and how that was a place that Kinsler liked and an organization he could play for," Franklin said.
Franklin said he figured the Rangers were going to do something with the middle infield this offseason, with Jurickson Profar looking for a more permanent position.
"They feel like Profar is the answer there and can be the guy, so they made a move," Franklin said.
Interestingly, Franklin said he hasn't heard from the Tigers, but that could be because the deal isn't official until both players have passed physicals. Because Kinsler is in Hawaii through the weekend, that won't happen until next week.
"Ian is excited about Detroit," Franklin said. "He wants to win, and he works hard. I think Detroit fans, much like the Texas fans, will appreciate that he gives you everything he's got every day. He leaves it all out on the field."
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