While nearly every MLB trade has its clear winners and clear losers, there are the select few swaps that actually work out perfectly for both sides. 

The Prince Fielder-for-Ian Kinsler trade from earlier in the offseason fits that mold. The Detroit Tigers got out from under Fielder’s megadeal, while the Texas Rangers landed the power bat that they had long been coveting. In other words, the Tigers “won” by gaining significant payroll flexibility. The Rangers “won” by significantly upgrading their lineup—at least in the first few years of Fielder’s deal. 

With these considerations in mind, here’s a look at five win-win MLB trade ideas that need to happen this winter.


Note: Stats via Baseball-Reference.com. All salary information courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts on baseballprospectus.com.

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