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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 4-for-5 with a double and four runs scored as the Tigers clobbered the Mariners 19-9 on Tuesday.
Kinsler upped his average from .217 to .262 tonight. That's nothing special, but his OBP is sitting at .400, thanks to 14 walks in 18 games. That's a huge improvement from recent years; he walked an average of 39 times per season from 2014-16. Apr 26 - 12:46 AM

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Ian Kinsler is getting the day off Thursday versus the Twins.

Andrew Romine will start at second base and bat leadoff against Minnesota right-hander Phil Hughes after slugging his first career grand slam on Wednesday afternoon. It's a routine day of rest for Kinsler.
Apr 13 - 9:44 AM

Ian Kinsler smacked a solo home run off of Chris Sale in Monday's win over the Red Sox.

It was the only tally the Tigers managed through seven innings, but they pushed the game-winning run across in the eighth on a Nick Castellanos RBI single. Kinsler has a couple dingers already this season and has reached base a whopping 13 times over his first six games.
Apr 10 - 5:19 PM

Ian Kinsler finished 2-for-3 with a homer, a double, two walks, and two runs scored in the Tigers' Opening Day victory over the White Sox on Tuesday.

Kinsler went deep off White Sox starter Jose Quintana in the top of the fourth inning and doubled with one out in the top of the ninth. The veteran second baseman is off to a promising start as he tries to match his stellar output from 2016. He tallied 28 home runs, 83 RBI, 14 stolen bases, and 117 runs scored over 153 games last year.
Apr 4 - 5:52 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Dixon Machado
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
CF1JaCoby Jones
2Andrew Romine
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Tyler Collins
3Mikie Mahtook
4Jim Adduci
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Michael Fulmer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Daniel Norris
5Matt Boyd
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Shane Greene
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Kyle Ryan
6Anibal Sanchez
7Daniel Stumpf
8Blaine Hardy
9Joe Jimenez