With one move, Tigers reinvent themselves on offense and defense

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Ian Kinsler's addition and Prince Fielder's departure allow Miguel Cabrera to move from third to first.

Ian Kinsler's addition and Prince Fielder's departure allow Miguel Cabrera to move from third to first.

The idea is to get your team to the playoff tournament as many times as you can, where the odds say you might eventually hoist a trophy. Dombrowski knew that he needed to trim his payroll in order to fund those shots not just in 2014, but in the years to follow. The Kinsler-for-Fielder trade allowed him to do that in the best way possible: By fielding a team that will still win, just differently. It would be no surprise at all if the trading partners meet again in late October, with a World Series on the line.