The Los Angeles Angels made a move Wednesday to address the second base hole they currently have. So Billy Eppler swung a deal to acquire Ian Kinsler in exchange for outfielder Troy Montgomery and pitcher Wilkel Hernandez.
The Los Angeles Angels will add a veteran second baseman who has a ton of playoff experience and has been a four-time all-star who has played most of his career for the Texas Rangers and most recently the Detroit Tigers.
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While Kinsler is not necessarily a flashy signing and is also coming off a down season, it seems like Angels’ general manager Billy Eppler will use Kinsler as a stop-gap option since he’s 35-years-old.
For 2017, Kinsler posted a slash line of .236/.313/.412. However, Kinsler does show some power hitting 22 home runs last season and most recently won a Gold Glove in 2016. Accomplishing two statistics that Eppler looks for, power and defense.
But, since Kinsler is coming off a down season, is 35-years-old and has only one year remaining on his contract, the Angels did not give up any of their top prospects. Giving a reason why Eppler was interested in trading for Kinsler.
It was a trade that has been talked about over the last few days according to Jeff Fletcher of the OC Register.
There has been speculation that the Angels may pursue Phillies’ second baseman Cesar Hernandez. Hernandez, 27, was definitely the more intriguing option but the Phillies would have demanded more in a trade. The Phillies were interested in young staring pitching which the Angels lack in.
If they had decided to pursue Hernandez they would not have kept all their young starters and prospects that they have, Kinsler would might have been considered their fallback option. Kinsler is set to make $11 million for 2018 which the Angels can afford. Now that the Angels have Kinsler it then begs the question if they will have enough to fill their other void at third base.
We could have answer to that question and more before the end of the week. For now the Angels can relish in the fact that have saved their farm system and filled one of their biggest holes from 2017.