Major League Baseball trade rumors: Tigers sending Ian Kinsler to Angels

Michael Fulmer won the AL Rookie of the Year award with the Tigers in 2014

The Detroit Tigers have reportedly traded second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Los Angeles Angels for two minor league prospects. The trade was confirmed late Wednesday night by both teams.

In return, the Angels are sending the Tigers number 20 ranked prospect center fielder Troy Montgomery and number 24 prospect pitcher Wilkel Hernandez. According to Kinsler's agent, Jay Franklin, Kinsler would require a contract extension before waving his no-trade clause, which makes a ton of sense because he's in the final year of his contract and doesn't want to risk being moved again during the 2018 season.

In 2017, the Angels finished second in the AL West at 80-82.

Kinsler, 35, hit.275, 78 home runs in 607 games over the last four seasons with the Detroit Tigers.

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The Angels were certainly looking to upgrade at second base and did so with Kinsler. In fact, Kinsler's held a defensive WAR of 1.5 or better in six of his 12 seasons, and holds a career defensive WAR of 16.1, placing him in the top-100 of all-time.

This marks the second big move of the young winter for an Angels team that already added Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani. He has 234 homers and 839 RBIs to go with 225 stolen bases.

Kinsler struggled offensively in 2017, hitting.236 but still hitting 22 home runs. Kinsler had iterated that he'd be willing to stay with the Detroit Tigers during the rebuilding phase, but if he were traded he'd prefer a contender.

Ausmus was sacked by the Tigers in September after four seasons in Detroit and joined the Angels as a special assistant to general manager Billy Eppler.


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