A source says the Detroit Tigers and Texas have agreed to a blockbuster trade that would send slugger Prince Fielder to the Rangers for second baseman Ian Kinsler.
The source spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because no announcement had been made.
Fielder signed a $214 million, nine-year contract with the Tigers before the 2012 season that includes a limited no-trade provision, and the big first baseman was set to approve the deal.
Kinsler just finished the first season of a $75 million, five-year contract.
Physicals are still needed to complete the deal, and another unidentified player could be involved.
The Rangers are reportedly one of the teams included in Fielder’s limited no-trade clause. Fielder would have to waive his right to veto the deal.
Fielder, 29, hit .279 with 25 home runs and 106 RBI last season. Kinsler, 31, hit .277 with 13 home runs and 72 RBI last year with Texas.
A-Rod walks out
Alex Rodriguez walked out of his grievance hearing in New York City after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz refused to order Commissioner Bud Selig to testify.
Horowitz was in the midst of the 11th day of hearings on the grievance filed by the players’ association to overturn the 211-game suspension given to Rodriguez by Major League Baseball last summer for alleged violations of the sport’s drug agreement and labor contract.
Padres add top pitcher
Josh Johnson was looking for a team close to his Las Vegas home, and the San Diego Padres were looking for a potential top-of-the rotation pitcher. The sides quickly agreed on an $8 million, one-year contract that was finalized Wednesday. Johnson was an All-Star with Miami in 2009 and 2010.
Cards keep Matheny
The St. Louis Cardinals gave a three-year extension to manager Mike Matheny, who made deep postseason runs in both of his seasons as the team’s manager.
Around the leagues
The Texas Rangers received right-hander Shawn Tolleson on waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers and added infielder Luis Sardinas and right-handers Lisalverto Bonilla and Ben Rowen to their 40-man roster. … The San Francisco Giants are working to reach agreement with left-handed reliever Javier Lopez on a three-year contract. … The Minnesota Twins agreed to terms with former starting shortstop Jason Bartlett on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. … The Chicago White Sox claimed infielder Jake Elmore off waivers from the Houston Astros. … The Tampa Bays added minor-league infielder Vince Belnome and three pitchers to the 40-man roster. … Right-hander Felipe Paulino elected to become a free agent rather than take an outright assignment to Triple-A Omaha.