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Ian Kinsler | Second Baseman | #3

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (35) / 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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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). Oct 13 - 4:42 PM
Source: Detroit News

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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

Ian Kinsler went 1-for-4 with a homer on Sunday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

Kinsler's homer was essentially the only offense provided by the Tigers, a two-run shot in the fifth off of J.A. Happ. It's the 17th homer of the year for the Detroit second baseman, but it's been a disappointing year; with a .236/.314/.398 line for the year.
Sep 10 - 4:32 PM

Ian Kinsler swatted his 16th home run of the season as the Tigers topped the Blue Jays on Friday night in Toronto.

At the time, his solo shot off of Danny Barnes in the seventh inning looked like nothing more than an insurance run, increasing the Tigers' lead to 5-2. The Jays added on a pair of runs in the eighth though, making Kinsler's blast the difference in the ballgame. He finished the night 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and is now slashing .238/.317/.396 with 16 bombs and 41 RBI on the season.
Sep 8 - 9:57 PM

Ian Kinsler drilled a solo home run as his team got crushed by the Royals on Wednesday.

He took starter Jason Hammel out of the park to tie the game in the fifth inning but it was all Royals from there on out. The 35-year-old second baseman's years of fantasy stardom are seemingly at an end. He has a .236 batting average with 15 home runs and 40 RBI in 119 games. He does have 77 runs scored and 13 stolen bases to salvage some value.
Sep 6 - 11:32 PM

Ian Kinsler is out of the Tigers' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Rockies.

It looks to be a routine breather for Kinsler. Dixon Machado will get the start at second base and bat second versus Colorado right-hander Chad Bettis.
Aug 30 - 1:10 PM

Ian Kinsler went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.

With the Tigers trailing 5-0 in the eighth inning, Kinsler connected for a solo home run off Jake Petricka. It was his 14th long ball of the season. That dinger aside, the veteran second baseman has struggled to a .243/.325/.401 triple-slash through 110 games played.
Aug 27 - 5:03 PM

Ian Kinsler went 1-for-2 and drew a pair of walks in a loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.

The Tigers as a team gathered only four hits in the shutout loss, and Kinsler's double was the only one that went for extra bases. The veteran second baseman's line is up to .247/.330/.399 with 12 home runs, 35 RBI, 71 runs and 11 steals in 103 games.
Aug 19 - 7:28 PM

Ian Kinsler went 2-for-3, walked twice, scored twice, stole a base and hit a solo home run in a loss to the Rangers.

He started the game with a bang by taking Cole Hamels deep leading off the first inning. He walked and rode home on a Mikie Mahtook dinger in the third. The aging second baseman is no longer a fantasy stud but can still fill up a box score on occasion. He owns a .248 batting average with 12 homers, 70 runs, 35 RBI and nine steals in 101 games.
Aug 17 - 1:09 AM

Ian Kinsler (hand) returned to the Tigers' lineup Monday.

Kinsler missed Sunday's game after he was hit in the hand by a pitch on Saturday. The veteran second baseman went 0-for-2 on Monday before being ejected for arguing balls and strikes.
Aug 15 - 8:33 AM

Depth Charts

C1James McCann
2Bryan Holaday
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2Efren Navarro
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Dixon Machado
3B1Jeimer Candelario
LF1Mikie Mahtook
CF1JaCoby Jones
2Alex Presley
3Andrew Romine
RF1Nicholas Castellanos
2Tyler Collins
DH1John Hicks
2Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Michael Fulmer
2Jordan Zimmermann
3Daniel Norris
4Anibal Sanchez
5Matt Boyd
6Buck Farmer
7Chad Bell
8Artie Lewicki
Relief Pitcher
R1Shane Greene
2Alex Wilson
3Joe Jimenez
4Warwick Saupold
5Jeff Ferrell
6Daniel Stumpf
7Drew VerHagen
8Zac Reininger
9Blaine Hardy
10Jairo Labourt
11Myles Jaye
12Victor Alcantara