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Ian Kinsler | Second Baseman | #3

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (35) / 6/22/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 17 (0) / TEX
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Angels acquired 2B Ian Kinsler from the Tigers for OF Troy Montgomery and RHP Wilkel Hernandez.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was the first to report the deal. Kinsler, 35, hit .236/.313/.425 for the Tigers in 2017 while tallying 22 homers and stealing 14 bases in 139 games. The right-handed-hitting second baseman had to waive his no-trade clause in order for Detroit to execute this move. He could hit at or near the top of the lineup with the Angels in 2018 and greatly improves their situation at the keystone. Dec 13 - 11:40 PM

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms that the Angels' acquisition of Ian Kinsler from the Tigers is a done deal.

According to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, the Tigers will receive right-hander Wilkel Hernandez and outfielder Troy Montgomery in return. Neither of them are top prospects, so this was mostly about shedding Kinsler's $10 million salary for 2018. In the end, Kinsler waived his no-trade clause to go to the Angels. The 35-year-old is coming off a down season where he batted just .236/.313/.412 with 22 homers over 139 games, but he's still a strong defender and gives the Angels a sizable upgrade at second base. The Angels apparently might not be done, as they also hope to make a move for a third baseman.
Dec 13 - 9:13 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels have acquired Ian Kinsler from the Tigers.

In return for Kinsler, the Tigers get prospects; OFTroy Montgomery and right-hander Wilkel Hernandez. Earlier in the day on Wednesday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that the Angels were one of 10 teams that were on Kinsler's no-trade list. That's not stopping the Halos from landing him, obviously. Despite coming off one of the worst full seasons of his career, Kinsler would still be a massive upgrade over what the Angels were able to get at second base in 2017, and he shouldn't be prohibitively expensive in terms of prospects.
Dec 13 - 7:06 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets, Angels, and Brewers are on Ian Kinsler's no-trade list.

Which of course means he has the right to refuse a trade to any of those clubs, who have all expressed interest. Sherman says "it is believed only the Angels are a near-certain yes right now." Tigers general manager Al Avila indicated Tuesday at the Winter Meetings in Orlando that the club is close to moving Kinsler, but it could take some convincing if the Mets or Brewers are offering the better return package. There is also believed to be some level of interest from the Giants.
Dec 13 - 10:18 AM

Tigers GM Al Avila strongly indicated Tuesday that the club is close to trading Ian Kinsler.

"We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged," Avila said. "We just can’t agree." There is reported interest from the Mets and Angels, and there could very well be other teams in this hunt. Kinsler, 35, batted .236/.313/.412 with 22 homers and 14 steals over 139 games this past season for the Tigers while playing strong defense at second base. He's owed $11 million in 2018 -- the final year of his current deal.
Dec 12 - 5:21 PM

Tigers general manager Al Avila said Monday that there's a possibility the club trades Ian Kinsler during this week's Winter Meetings.

It's no secret that Kinsler is on the market, as he's been linked to the Mets and Angels in recent weeks. However, there are plenty of second baseman available on the trade market. Kinsler, 35, batted .236/.313/.412 with 22 homers and 14 steals over 139 games this past season. He's owed $11 million in 2018 in the final year of his contract. The Tigers likely won't ask for much in return as long as a team takes on the contract.
Dec 11 - 1:08 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Mets and Tigers have had preliminary discussions about a trade involving Ian Kinsler.

The Angels have also been connected to Kinsler, who Morosi says is "drawing trade interest from multiple clubs." The 35-year-old is set to make $11 million in 2018 in the final year of his contract after putting up a .236/.313/.412 batting line with 22 homers and 14 steals this past season in Detroit.
Nov 20 - 7:03 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Angels have had "extensive internal discussions" about acquiring Ian Kinsler from the Tigers.

Fenech notes that the Angels were one of the teams that put a waiver claim on Kinsler in August. The veteran second baseman is highly likely to be dealt by the rebuilding Tigers this winter and Anaheim does seem to be a pretty good fit. Kinsler, 35, is owed $11 million next season via an option that vested when he reached his 600th plate appearance in late September.
Nov 15 - 1:38 PM

Lynn Henning of the Detroit News writes that Ian Kinsler "is expected to be traded" this offseason.

Kinsler's name came up in trade rumors prior to the July deadline, but he obviously stayed put. However, the Tigers are in rebuild mode so it makes sense for them to see what they can get for the 35-year-old this winter. Kinsler is owed a reasonable $11 million in 2018 and remains a terrific defender, but he's coming off a career-worst offensive season (.236/.313/.412).
Source: Detroit News
Oct 13 - 4:42 PM

Ian Kinsler is sitting for Saturday's game against the Twins.

The veteran second baseman should return to action for Sunday's season finale. Dixon Machado is starting in his place at second base and batting second.
Sep 30 - 3:26 PM

Ian Kinsler triggered his $11 million vesting option for 2018 on Tuesday night.

Kinsler did so when he reached his 600th plate appearance of the season in the top of the third inning at Kansas City. The veteran second baseman has batted just .238/.314/.417 in 2017, but he's managed 22 home runs and 14 stolen bases while contributing excellent defensive play. He will probably be trade bait this winter for the rebuilding Tigers.
Sep 27 - 10:26 AM

Ian Kinsler is two plate appearances shy of reaching 600 this season, which guarantees his $11 million vesting option for 2018.

Kinsler should reach the mark on Tuesday against the Royals, assuming he's in the starting lineup. If the veteran second baseman failed to reach 600 plate appearances, the Tigers could have bought out the option for $5 million. While his salary next year will become guaranteed, the Tigers will almost certainly explore trade options over the winter. That could be easier said than done, as the 35-year-old has struggled with a .236/.313/.416 batting line this season. Kinsler has the ability to block trades to 10 teams.
Source: Detroit News
Sep 25 - 10:02 AM

Ian Kinsler hit his 22nd homer of the season in a blowout loss to the Twins on Sunday.

The homer was as garbage time as you can get with Detroit down 10-2 in the bottom of the ninth, but homers are homers. It's been a disappointing season for Kinsler, as even with the homer he's still hitting just .236/.313/.416 while hitting at the top of the wretched Detroit lineup.
Sep 24 - 3:44 PM

Ian Kinsler is getting the day off Wednesday.

It's just a routine breather for the veteran second baseman, who hit his 20th home run of the season on Tuesday night. Andrew Romine will fill in at second base and bat eighth versus the Athletics.
Sep 20 - 10:39 AM

Ian Kinsler slugged his 19th homer of the year Monday in the Tigers' loss to the Athletics.

Kinsler hit an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning and a solo shot in the bottom of the seventh, finishing the night 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. He also drew a walk. The veteran second baseman is looking to finish the season strong with free agency likely looming. The rebuilding Tigers hold a $12 million club option (or $5 million buyout) on Kinsler for 2018.
Sep 18 - 11:13 PM

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2Juan Graterol
3Carlos Perez
4Curt Casali
1B1C.J. Cron
2Jefry Marte
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Kaleb Cowart
3Colin Walsh
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Nolan Fontana
3B1Zack Cozart
2Luis Valbuena
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Mike Trout
2Michael Hermosillo
3Jared Hoying
RF1Kole Calhoun
DH1Albert Pujols
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PosRoleName
S1Garrett Richards
2J.C. Ramirez
3Matt Shoemaker
4Tyler Skaggs
5Parker Bridwell
6Alex Meyer
7Andrew Heaney
8Troy Scribner
9Nick Tropeano
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PosRoleName
R1Cam Bedrosian
2Blake Parker
3Jim Johnson
4Keynan Middleton
5Jose Alvarez
6Blake Wood
7Noe Ramirez
8Eduardo Paredes
9Luke Bard