After securing a walk-off 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the 13th inning, the Boston Red Sox wasted no time and have acquired veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Los Angeles Angels.
The 36-year-old Ian Kinsler is slashing .239/.304/.406 with 13 HR’s, 32 RBI’s and 20 doubles this year. Boston was obviously concerned about their production at the keystone spot with Dustin Pedroia likely sidelined for the year and made the move to acquire the veteran Kinsler to lock down second base every day.
This is the second time Dave Dombrowski has traded for the second baseman as he was the one that brought Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers where he played four seasons before being dealt last winter. Boston is sending a pair of minor-league prospects in LHP Williams Jerez & RHP Ty Buttrey to the Halos for the veteran according to multiple reports.
Kinsler is a guy who has produced at the big league level for well over a decade and will be energized going to play for the best team in baseball. Kinsler also brings with him a ton of playoff experience and veteran leadership just in time for a huge four-game set with the New York Yankees this weekend. In 37 career playoff games, Kinsler is slashing .291/.400/.448 with 4 HR’s, 20 RBI’s and an .848 OPS.
A little known fact about me is that I have always been a huge fan of Ian Kinsler. From his days in Arlington with the Rangers, to mashing with the Tigers just a few years ago where he hit .288 with 28 homers and 82 RBI’s in 2016 and now to my Red Sox, I couldn’t be more stoked to get a veteran at a position of need for the Red Sox especially looking at what was given up to get him. Kinsler’s bat has also picked up as the weather has heated up through the summer months. After smacking 8 homers in June, his slash line increased to .320/.393/.486 in the month of July.
Eduardo Nunez has come on of late and this move allows him to settle into more of an everyday role at third base while the young Rafael Devers remains on the shelf, and they can eventually platoon at the hot corner come September and October. Kinsler will rejoin a slew of old teammates that include J.D. Martinez, Rick Porcello and David Price with the league-best 75-33 Red Sox.
Ian Kinsler is going to the Red Sox and I for one am hype!
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