Prince Fielder was introduced as the Rangers' No. 84, less than a week after Texas and the Tigers aggressively worked through the details of their blockbuster trade of a 29-year-old slugger who will probably mash his 300th career homer sometime next summer.
Rival executives find that making deals with Rangers GM Jon Daniels is usually a drawn out, sometimes excruciating process, and it was striking to some of his peers to hear that the negotiations took about 29 hours. Last Tuesday, Dave Dombrowski called Daniels to ask if he'd be interested in a trade for Fielder, and by Wednesday evening, the deal was done, with Ian Kinsler landing in Detroit.
But really, Daniels and the other Rangers evaluators had been preparing for that trade since early in the 2013 season, as they watched the games play out and Texas' need for power -- especially left-handed power -- became more and more apparent, in the wake of the departure of Josh Hamilton.