MLB Winter Meetings: Tigers reportedly trade Ian Kinsler to Angels


Kinsler was in a relative slump in 2017 when he slashed.236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs and 52 RBI, but his production over the past few seasons suggests he can still operate as one of the league's more reliable second basemen even at 35 years old. Each evening, Avila remained optimistic that the Tigers would find a landing spot for Kinsler. According to Kinsler's agent, Jay Franklin, Kinsler would require a contract extension before waving his no-trade clause, which makes a ton of sense because he's in the final year of his contract and doesn't want to risk being moved again during the 2018 season.

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Thus, he would have to approve a trade to any of those clubs, and it is believed only the Angels are a near-certain yes right now. As well he's a four-time all-star. The Angels have added two possible impact bats to their lineup already in free agency, should Kinsler continue to provide power and Ohtani assimilate quickly to the new level of competition.

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Neither team has officially confirmed the trade. They also acquired Justin Upton from the Tigers last season and extended him this offseason. According to Fangraphs, Kinsler was worth 2.4 Wins Above Replacement last season, down from 5.7 the year before.

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But despite coming out well ahead in the deal - Fielder played just parts of three seasons for the Rangers due to a neck injury - the Tigers were only able to piece together one postseason berth in his time with the team.