Just days after securing an agreement from arguably the hottest free agent this winter in Shohei Ohtani, veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler has reportedly been moved to the City of Angels. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was the first to report the news.
Kinsler finished last season with 22 home runs, the second straight season in which he hit at least 20. No details on what the Angels are sending to Detroit have been released.
Detroit received 18-year-old right-hander Wilkel Hernandez and 23-year-old outfielder Troy Montgomery in the trade. He's set to make $11 million this upcoming season, so that definitely helps the Tigers cut payroll as they continue with their rebuild. It is not known yet what the Tigers will receive in return. He'll attempt to bounce back for an Angels team that had an opening at second.
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Last season, Kinsler batted a career-worst.236. He made four All-Star teams, most recently in 2014, and he won the Gold Glove in 2015.
The acquisition of Kinsler is the latest in a line of moves to improve on what can only be described as a freaky 2017 campaign, in which they finished second in an American League West division that significantly lacked competitiveness.
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. The 35-year-old hit.275 with 78 home runs in 607 games.