Ian Kinsler Traded from Tigers to Angels After 4 Seasons in Detroit

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The Angels added on to the already prized addition of Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani, and the late-season addition of Justin Upton, and have seemingly put themselves right in the thick of the wild-card discussion for 2018.

If Kinsler does bounce back - and remember, prior to last season he'd posted an OPS+ of 100 or better in 10 of his 11 seasons - then he'd represent a sizable upgrade over the incumbent options at the keystone for the Angels, including Kaleb Cowart. In the end, Kinsler waived his no-trade clause to go to the Angels.

In four seasons in Detroit, Kinsler hit.275 with a.328 on-base and.436 slugging percentages. He took home the American League Golden Glove in 2016.

The Angels fell five games short of a wildcard spot in 2017, finishing with an 80-82 record. They traded for Brandon Phillips mid-season but still had a.206 average (ranking 28th in MLB) and 14 homers (ranking 20th) out of the second-base position. They were shopping him last season, and the Angels actually claimed him off waivers, so their interest in the second baseman was well known.

This marks the second time Kinsler has been traded since his big-league career began in 2006. Kinsler follows Justin Verlander and J.D. Martinez as performers Detroit has traded since the All-Star break.

If they can't poach one of Los Angeles' top prospects, Brandon Marsh is another outfielder the Tigers could target in a trade.

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