So what will acquiring Ian Kinsler do for LA Angels?
The LA Angels acquired four-time all-star Ian Kinsler from the Detroit Tigers Wednesday for prospects outfielder Troy Mointgomery and pitcher Wilkel Hernandez.
For the LA Angels it fills a big hole at least for the time being as Kinsler is a second baseman with a ton of experience who will fit nicely into a line-up that now includes two-time MVP Mike Trout, 600 home run club member, Albert Pujols and former teammate outfielder Justin Upton.
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Not only will Kinsler be able to be you reunited with Upton, but he will team with Andrelton Simmons to form a very formidable double-play combination. The Angels first became interested in Kinsler in recent days and it kept growing because of several factors. First of all Kinsler would not cost much in the way of prospects compared to some other potential candidates.
Kinsler also gives the Angels a veteran presence and a potential power bat. Kinsler batted only .236 with 22 homers and 52 RBI’s in 2017 with the Tigers which is not great compared to his previous career numbers. Kinsler is a career .273 hitter with 234 homers and 839 RBI’s who also has swiped 225 bases in his career.
In 2016 Kinsler batted .288 with 28 homers and 83 RBI’s and still has a few years left in the tank. Kinsler played the last four season for the Tigers before that playing eight years for the Texas Rangers where he helped lead them to their first World Series in 2011.
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Angel fans should like this move as Kinsler will fill the void at second and if he does not work out
the Angels only have one year to decide on Kinsler and if they want to keep him long-term as he will be a free agent after the 2018 season. Can Kinsler make a difference for the Angels offense remains to be seen?
The Angels will probably bat Kinsler in the first or second spot in the line-up ahead of Trout and Upton. All of these questions will be answered in due time.
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For now let’s enjoy the facelift the Angels have gone through on the offensive side.