Angels Acquire Ian Kinsler from Tigers


Over his 12-year career, he has been a consistent player both offensively and defensively, hitting.273 with 234 home runs and 225 stolen bases.

Kinsler, 35, hit 22 homers last season in Detroit.

Awarded the 2017 Fielding Bible, Kinsler finished the 2017 campaign atop all of baseball with 19 DRS, the eighth-best defensive WAR in baseball at 2.6, and a 6.3 Ultimate Zone Rating - second-best to Dee Gordon, now of the Seattle Mariners.

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In order for the trade to be completed, Kinsler would have to agree to a trade with the Angels and waive his no-trade clause.

The Tigers roster restructure continues. The Angels added on to the already prized addition of Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani, and the late-season addition of Justin Upton, and have seemingly put themselves right in the thick of the wild-card discussion for 2018. As well he's a four-time all-star. Kinsiler will make $11 million in the final year of his contract.

Between the trade and free agent markets, there were more second basemen available than teams with needs at the position.

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With his departure goes another part of a disappointing Tigers era.

The Tigers acquired Kinsler from the Texas Rangers in the Prince Fielder trade prior to the 2014 season. In four seasons in Detroit, he was solid at second base, a consummate professional who impacted the team's play in many ways.

Ausmus was sacked by the Tigers in September after four seasons in Detroit and joined the Angels as a special assistant to general manager Billy Eppler.

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