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Ian Kinsler | Second Baseman | #3

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 6/22/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 17 (0) / TEX
Contract: view contract details

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Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run as the United States defeated Puerto Rico in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic finals.
Kinsler made waves earlier in the day for saying that he did not appreciate the way that Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic celebrated passionately after big plays. Predictably, Kinsler would homer in Wednesday's WBC final. He proceeded to jog around the bases without emphasis. In addition to his no-fun home run, Kinsler also singled to lead off a two-run fifth inning for the States. Now onward to the regular season, where the veteran second baseman will try to match a 2016 campaign in which he slashed .288/.348/.484 while launching 28 homers, driving 83 runs and stealing 14 bases over the course of 153 games played. That .484 slugging percentage was his highest since 2009. Mar 23 - 12:56 AM

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According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Dodgers view Ian Kinsler as a possible fallback option if the team is unable to acquire Brian Dozier.

The Dodgers have been linked to Dozier for quite some time but Cafardo is hearing the Twins are "having second thoughts" about moving him. Kinsler enjoyed a power surge last season, ripping 28 home runs while contributing a stellar .484 slugging percentage. The Tigers are looking to shed payroll and getting Kinsler's $11 million salary off the books would certainly accomplish that. The four-time All-Star has two years remaining on his current contract.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 14 - 11:51 PM

Tigers general manager Al Avila said Wednesday that trade interest in Ian Kinsler has died down.

The Los Angeles Times' Andy McCullough reported earlier on Wednesday that the Dodgers had checked in on Kinsler. They have shown reported interest in him at various points during the early offseason. Nothing came of that kicking of the tires, though, at least not yet. One potential sticking point, here: Kinsler's agent said in mid-November that he would only waive his partial no-trade clause if he is given a contract extension. Should the Tigers ultimately trade him, Dixon Machado would have a shot at the starting second base job. Machado would also have a shot at the starting shortstop job should the team move Jose Iglesias.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 07:08:00 PM

Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers are "kicking the proverbial tires" on Ian Kinsler and Brian Dozier.

It doesn't appear that there is much smoke on either front at this juncture, though. Just who will start at second for the Dodgers come the beginning of spring training remains up in the air, as Chase Utley is currently a free agent. Kike Hernandez could be in for an increased role next season should the Dodgers be unable to fill the position via either a trade or free agency.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 06:19:00 PM

Jay Franklin, the agent for Ian Kinsler, said that his client would only waive his partial no-trade clause if he is given a contract extension.

Earlier on Wednesday, MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported that the Dodgers and Tigers were kicking around potentially working out a deal that would send Kinsler to Los Angeles. The veteran second baseman's no-trade clause is not a blanket one, but rather one of the 10-team variety. Said Franklin, "If one of the 10 teams happens to call and wants to talk about it, we’re open to talking about it. (But) they’re going to have to extend him for us to waive the no-trade." The Dodgers are one team on that partial list.
Source: FOX Sports
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 05:31:00 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Dodgers have been in touch with the Tigers about a possible trade for Ian Kinsler.

It looks like a good fit. The Tigers are willing to trade off some parts in order to get younger and the Dodgers have a vacancy at second base with Chase Utley in free agency and Howie Kendrick recently traded to the Phillies. Kinsler is owed $11 million in 2017 with a $10 million club option (or $5 million buyout) for 2018. His contract includes a partial no-trade clause. For what it's worth, Morosi hears that the Tigers have interest in Dodgers' prospect Cody Bellinger, though it's unclear whether they'd be willing to part with him in a deal involving Kinsler. Of course, there's always blockbuster potential between these two teams.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 02:22:00 PM

Ian Kinsler (head) is back in the Tigers' lineup Friday.

Kinsler hasn't played since being hit in the head with a pitch on Sunday, but he's no longer experiencing post-concussion symptoms. He's at second base and batting leadoff against Danny Duffy and the Royals.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 04:24:00 PM

Ian Kinsler (concussion) will not play Thursday.

Kinsler felt good after running, playing catch, and fielding grounders on Thursday morning at Target Field, but he has to be symptom-free for 24 hours under MLB's concussion protocol. It will cost him two games Thursday, with the Tigers playing a split doubleheader on the road against the Twins. He should be back in action for Friday night's series opener against the Royals in Detroit.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 12:17:00 PM

Ian Kinsler said Thursday that he is free of the symptoms from his mild concussion.

Kinsler went through a morning workout that included fielding grounders, playing catch, and some light running. It sounds like he could play in at least one half of Thursday's split doubleheader against the Twins. He has ultimately missed just one game, thanks to Wednesday night's rainout.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 11:58:00 AM

Ian Kinsler (concussion) was spotted doing baseball activities Thursday morning at Target Field.

That would include running, fielding grounders, and playing catch. This is obviously a great sign for Kinsler, who's been out since Sunday because of concussion-like symptoms. Still, he probably has to be considered questionable for Thursday's split doubleheader against the Twins. Erick Aybar and Andrew Romine have been handling things at second base for Detroit.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 11:34:00 AM

Ian Kinsler (concussion) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Twins.

Kinsler began to feel light-headed in Sunday's game against the Indians and has since entered into the concussion protocol. Erick Aybar will start at second in his place on Wednesday and is batting second.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 04:34:00 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that Ian Kinsler (concussion) is better but "groggy."

Grogginess is a concussion symptom, so Kinsler probably isn't going to be available off the bench for Tuesday night's game against the Twins and he may even be questionable for the remainder of this week. The veteran second baseman began feeling light-headed during Sunday's series finale against the Indians and now has to pass through MLB's concussion protocol. Andrew Romine is at second for Detroit on Tuesday.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 05:43:00 PM

Ian Kinsler (head) is out of the Tigers' starting lineup on Tuesday against the Twins.

And he wasn't on the pregame batting practice schedule either, which means he probably won't be available off the bench. Kinsler began experiencing concussion-like symptoms in Sunday's series finale against the Indians, though he did travel with the Indians to Minnesota later that night. Andrew Romine is starting at second base and batting ninth on Tuesday in Minnesota.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 05:03:00 PM

Ian Kinsler (head) traveled with the Tigers out of Cleveland on Sunday night.

That's a positive sign for a guy who began experiencing concussion-like symptoms during Sunday's series finale against the Indians. There should be a more informative update ahead of the Tigers' series opener Tuesday night at Minnesota's Target Field. Kinsler, 34, is batting .277/.335/.469 with 26 homers and 78 RBI in 144 games this season for Detroit, a team still trying to fight its way into the Wild Card mix.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 09:22:00 AM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Ian Kinsler showed concussion symptoms as Sunday's game went on and he will be evaluated further.

Concussions can be tricky, but it doesn't sound as though Kinsler is going to miss any time over this issue. Expect an update from the Tigers on his status on Monday.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 05:22:00 PM

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1B1Miguel Cabrera
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2B1Ian Kinsler
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SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
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3B1Nick Castellanos
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