July 30, 2018

Now Playing Second Base: Ian Kinsler

Ian Kinsler is the Red Sox's new second baseman, as the team sent two minor league pitchers to the Angels late Monday night. The trade was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic at about 11:30 PM.

Kinsler turned 36 in June and was hitting .239/.304/.406 for the Angels. However:
Before July  .218 / .280 / .389 / .669
In July      .320 / .393 / .467 / .860
Kinsler will see some familiar faces in the Red Sox clubhouse. He played with David Price, Rick Porcello, and J.D. Martinez in Detroit, and with Mitch Moreland in Texas. Kinsler will be a free agent at the end of this season.

Dave Dombrowski:
He's been playing extremely well for an extended time period. ... He's a very good defensive player, still good instincts. We think he makes us a better ballclub because he goes into second base and is in a spot where he can play basically every day. ... [Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez] can go out and play all over the field for us. And then when Devers gets back we have the ability to go down to 12 pitchers ...

He can hit the ball out of the ballpark. He doesn't strike out very much. He's good defensively ... He's really a good player. He's a good teammate. I know the guys here are excited ...
Also: I suspect Kinsler is pro-robots.

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