Kinsler inked a two-year, $8 million deal with the Padres on Friday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Per Rosenthal, the contract includes a club option for a third season. Kinsler will provide San Diego with some depth at the second base position alongside Luis Urias, who made his major-league debut this past September. The club could choose to slide Urias over to shortstop and begin the year with both players manning the middle infield spots, though Rosenthal added that the club would like to place Kinsler at third base while keeping Urias as the everyday second baseman. Kinsler earned a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2018 after being acquired from the Angels before the trade deadline. Across 128 games split between the two teams, he slashed just .240/.301/.380 with 14 home runs, 48 RBI and 16 stolen bases. Kinsler's .681 OPS was the worst mark of his career.
Kinsler is not in the lineup for Game 5 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Sunday, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports. Kinsler is just 3-for-21 between the ALCS and the World Series, so he'll once again take a seat on the bench for the start of Game 5. Brock Holt will man the keystone in his stead.
Kinsler is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Saturday, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. Kinsler has just three hits in the ALCS and World Series combined, so he'll head to the bench for another night off. Brock Holt will pick up the start at second base in his stead.
Kinsler is out of Friday's lineup for Game 3 of the World Series against Los Angeles, Jason Mastrodonato of The Boston Herald reports. Kinsler will retreat to the pine in favor of Brock Holt. Across the first two games of the series, Kinsler has gone 1-for-7 with one RBI.
Kinsler is not in the lineup for Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros on Saturday, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports. Kinsler went a solid 4-for-13 with a pair of doubles in the ALDS. Brock Holt (who went 4-for-6 in the series) gets the start at second base.