Ian Kinsler
2B LAA
1 month ago

Kinsler was traded to the Angels on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

The deal is finally official after briefly being held up due to undisclosed reasons. Kinsler, who batted just .236/.313/.412 in 139 games last season, should immediately takeover as the team's starting second baseman next season. Even in what can be considered a down year for the veteran, he swatted 22 homers and will inevitably be an upgrade at the keystone for an Angels team that saw their second basemen turn in a combined .207/.274/.318 line last season. He'll likely slide into the top portion of the team's batting order and should benefit from being surrounded by the likes of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Justin Upton. The Tigers will receive Wilkel Hernandez and Troy Montgomery in return, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press.

Ian Kinsler
2B LAA
1 month ago

Contrary to a previous report, a deal to send Kinsler to the Angels has not yet been completed, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's unclear what's holding the deal up at this point, but Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports there's still a good amount of optimism that Kinsler will eventually be dealt to the Angels.

Ian Kinsler
2B LAA
1 month ago1 Comment

Kinsler was traded to the Angels on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Tigers' return hasn't been announced yet, but Kinsler will indeed be heading to the west coast as the Angels continue to build up their roster. The veteran second baseman is coming off a disappointing year by his standards. While he managed to swat 22 homers, he turned in an unimpressive .236 batting average to go along with his .725 OPS, both of which were the worst marks of his career. Kinsler will look to turn things around in what will be the final year of his contract, and he should benefit from playing with the big bats of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Justin Upton. Expect him to immediately step in as the team's everyday starter at the keystone next season.

Ian Kinsler
2B LAA
4 months ago

Kinsler is out of the lineup Sunday against the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

Andrew Romine is starting at second base while Kinsler sits out for the second straight game. Kinsler's batting average took a significant dive this season, as it fell from 2016's .288 mark to .236. While he may bounce back a bit next season, the 35-year-old will likely struggle to regain his old form.

Ian Kinsler
2B LAA
4 months ago

Kinsler is out of Saturday's lineup against the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

The Tigers are "battling" the Giants for who will get the first pick in next year's draft -- both teams are 63-97 entering play Sunday. With that in mind, it would not be surprising if Kinsler did not play again this season. Dixon Machado is starting at second base and hitting second.

Ian Kinsler
2B LAA
4 months ago

Kinsler is not in the lineup against the Royals on Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Kinsler heads to the bench following six straight starts, going 6-for-25 (.240 average) with two home runs and five RBI during that span. In his place, Dixon Machado will draw the assignment at the keystone.

Ian Kinsler
2B LAA
4 months ago

By reaching 600 plate appearances this season on Tuesday, Kinsler's 2018 contract with the Tigers has vested, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Tigers previously had a club option for Kinsler next year at $10 million, or a $5 million buy-out. With that steep buy-out, the club likely would have exercised the option. Now, Kinsler is locked in for 2018. However, with another rebuilding year quite possibly ahead, the team could look to trade the 35-year-old during the offseason.

Ian Kinsler
2B LAA
4 months ago

Kinsler went 2-for-4 while driving in his team's lone run in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to Kansas City.

EDGE Analysis

Kinsler came in with a .372 wOBA against lefties and just a .298 mark facing righties, so it's not surprising he was able to produce a third-inning RBI single against Royals left-hander Jason Vargas. He added an infield single off Vargas in the sixth, but was caught stealing second later that inning before grounding into a double play in the ninth against left-handed closer Mike Minor. With four home runs among his 11 hits over the past eight games, Kinsler's closing out the season on a hot streak.

Ian Kinsler
2B LAA
4 months ago

Kinsler went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

The home run didn't matter much, as it came with the Tigers down 10-2 in the ninth inning. However, Kinsler now has four home runs over his last six games and 22 for the season. The veteran is giving fantasy owners a boost to close out the year.

Ian Kinsler
2B LAA
4 months ago

Kinsler went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Friday's loss to the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

Kinsler has 21 home runs this season and seven over his last 15 games, though he's hitting just .246 during the stretch. The veteran's .236 average for the season has been a disappointment, but at least he's supplying some power for fantasy owners to finish out the year.