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Ian Kinsler | Second Baseman

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/22/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Ian Kinsler had a nice night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Angels, going 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI.
Kinsler delivered a two-run single to start a five-run uprising in the seventh inning, but it was too-little, too-late for the Tigers. He's off to a phenomenal start at the plate with his new team, slashing .351/.373/.526 with two homers, eight RBI and three stolen bases. Apr 18 - 10:54 PM

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Ian Kinsler had a three-run homer, an RBI single and a stolen base in the Tigers' 7-5 win over the Indians on Thursday.

Kinsler's steal was followed immediately by a caught stealing on an attempt to take third. That won't bother his fantasy owners, though. Kinsler is batting .327 with a couple of early homers and three steals. His four RBI today matched his total from his first 11 games combined.
Apr 17 - 5:06 PM

Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with a pair of steals and a pair of runs scored in Wednesday's 10-inning 7-6 victory against the Dodgers.

These were Kinsler's first swipes as a Tiger. After going hitless in his debut with Detroit, the 31-year-old veteran has collected multi-hit games in four of six. The former Ranger is in line for another great fantasy campaign hitting No. 2 in Detroit's loaded lineup.
Apr 10 - 2:39 AM

Ian Kinsler went 3-for-5 Wednesday, belting his first Tigers homer and also delivering a walk-off single against the Royals.

Kinsler's solo blast in the fourth inning was the only scoring until the Royals tied things up on a sacrifice fly in the ninth. He then lined a ball in the gap with two outs in the 10th off of Tim Collins to score Austin Jackson for the game-winner. The former Rangers was hitless in his Tigers debut but came up big for them in this one.
Apr 2 - 4:36 PM

Ian Kinsler went 2-for-3 with two runs scored as the Tigers topped the Rays 6-3 on Friday.

With Torii Hunter dropped to fifth in the lineup three days ago, Kinsler has been hitting second behind Rajai Davis. That's not a bad spot for him, particularly since he'll have Miguel Cabrera right behind him. It's certainly better than the fifth spot, which is where it looked like he might hit after Andy Dirks got hurt and Davis became more of a factor.
Mar 28 - 4:21 PM

Ian Kinsler had a three-run homer, a double and two walks versus the Blue jays on Tuesday.

Kinsler is 7-for-12 with three homers, two doubles and three walks in his last four games. It seems like he's ready for the season to start.
Mar 18 - 5:13 PM

Ian Kinsler went 3-for-4 with two homers, four RBI and a walk in the Tigers' 14-3 drubbing of the Astros on Saturday.

Kinsler has been leading off for the Tigers all spring, but he hit fifth today because the team wanted Victor Martinez to lead off and get an extra at-bat. In truth, the Tigers would likely be better off with either Kinsler or Torii Hunter batting fifth and Austin Jackson keeping the leadoff spot. Kinsler, though, figures to open the season atop the order.
Mar 15 - 4:52 PM

Ian Kinsler struck out all three times up as the Tigers' leadoff hitter Sunday.

Kinsler is likely going to open the season as the Tigers' leadoff man simply because he doesn't strike out as much as Austin Jackson, though that seems like a crummy reason to us. He's 3-for-17 so far this spring.
Mar 9 - 4:10 PM

Ian Kinsler will hit leadoff in the Tigers' exhibition game versus Florida Southern Tuesday.

Manager Brad Ausmus has refused to reveal what his Opening Day batting order would likely be, but he'll offer his first preview Tuesday. Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Austin Jackson will follow Kinsler in the order. The second baseman has declared a desire to up his stolen base total in 2014.
Feb 23 - 2:47 PM

Ian Kinsler has reported to Tigers' camp 10 pounds lighter than he was season.

Kinsler said he usually gained weight over the winter in anticipation of losing it during the year due to the Texas heat. Now that he's in Detroit, he decided it would be better if he dropped a few pounds. Being lighter going into the year could help Kinsler attain his goal of stealing more bases.
Feb 16 - 12:06 PM

Ian Kinsler is looking to up his stolen base total in 2014 after swiping just 15 bags in 2013.

It was the first time over a full season that Kinsler failed to reach the 20-steal plateau, and he also was caught a career-high 11 times in 2013. He thinks it was "a little bit of a weird year for me running-wise as far as stolen bases are concerned," as Kinsler says a good chunk of the time he was thrown out on failed hit-and-runs. With his power likely to drop in the move from Texas to Detroit, Kinsler could use a rebound in his steals total to keep his fantasy value up.
Jan 3 - 10:26 AM

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski has said that the Tigers plan is to have Ian Kinsler play second base.

Kinsler's agent, Jay Franklin, as reiterated that point, saying the Tigers have given him every indication that they're excited to have Kinsler play second base. While they have been rumored as a potential landing spot for Robinson Cano, it appears extremely unlikely that such a move would actually occur.
Sat, Nov 23, 2013 02:36:00 PM

Tigers acquired 2B Ian Kinsler from the Rangers in exchange for 1B Prince Fielder and cash considerations.

Kinsler has averaged 24 home runs, 26 stolen bases and a .273/.349/.454 line over his eight full seasons in the majors, and he'll immediately fill the hole at second base left when Omar Infante became a free agent. The move sets off a domino effect, as Miguel Cabrera will almost certainly slide over to first base, prospect Nick Castellanos will likely get every chance to win the job at third base and the money saved will allow the Tigers to pursue a long-term deal with Max Scherzer.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 10:58:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal said the Rangers trading one of Ian Kinsler or Elvis Andrus is "starting to look inevitable."

Rosenthal said a package involving Jurickson Profar is another option but "don't count on it." He's been banging this drum for a few days now, and it makes sense given the Rangers' wealth of middle infielders and the prospects in the pipeline. Rosenthal mentions the Yankees and Cardinals as two teams that could be in play for one of the Rangers' infielders.
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 07:07:00 PM

The Rangers are considering trading either second baseman Ian Kinsler or shortstop Elvis Andrus to clear a position for Jurickson Profar, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

"A move of Kinsler to first base also is possible but probably less appealing," Rosenthal wrote. Kinsler is guaranteed $57 million over the next four seasons, and his contract includes a $10 million club option or $5 million buyout in 2018. Andrus is owed $126-plus million over the next nine seasons, with a $15 million club option for a tenth season (in 2023). "The size of Andrus' contract seemingly would preclude a deal, even to a high-revenue team such as the Red Sox, who might look to add a shortstop," Rosenthal wrote.
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 01:09:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Alex Gonzalez
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Andy Dirks
2Rajai Davis
CF1Austin Jackson
2Don Kelly
RF1Torii Hunter
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Max Scherzer
3Anibal Sanchez
4Rick Porcello
5Drew Smyly
Relief Pitcher
R1Joe Nathan
2Joba Chamberlain
3Ian Krol
4Al Alburquerque
5Phil Coke
6Evan Reed
7Luke Putkonen
8Bruce Rondon
9Justin Miller