Angels Acquire Ian Kinsler from Tigers

Rachel Hardy
December 16, 2017

The Angels have apparently filled their hole at second base by getting All-Star Ian Kinsler from the Detroit Tigers, according to multiple reports.

Update 8:02 PM: Per Ken Rosenthal, any delay so far has to do with his no-trade clause.

Going to Detroit were Wilkel Hernandez a right-hander who is 18, and Troy Montgomery an outfielder who is 23.

All of the teams mentioned above are in need of a 2nd baseman, but it appeared that the Angels won over the ear of the Tigers front office.

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As the Angels land a new second baseman, the Detroit Tigers will receive two prospects in return. He's set to make $11 million this upcoming season, so that definitely helps the Tigers cut payroll as they continue with their rebuild. In fact, Kinsler's held a defensive WAR of 1.5 or better in six of his 12 seasons, and holds a career defensive WAR of 16.1, placing him in the top-100 of all-time.

After going 80-82 last season to finish second in the AL West, Los Angeles recently landed two-way star Shohei Ohtani, who excelled as both a pitcher and hitter in Japan. The Tigers acquired Kinsler from the Rangers in a trade that sent Prince Fielder to Texas and he batted.275 with 78 homers and 300 runs batted in for Detroit.

Kinsler struggled offensively in 2017, hitting.236 but still hitting 22 home runs.

However, the Tigers' run as contenders for the AL Pennant ended last season and they started to look at the future trading Upton, Justin Verlander and J.D. Martinez prior to September.

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