MLB Winter Meetings: Tigers reportedly trade Ian Kinsler to Angels
Kinsler will slot in at second base for the Angels
Here's the deal in whole:
Kinsler, 35, is coming off the worst offensive season of his career. He remains a talented fielder, however, and the Angels are banking on him rebounding at the plate. Kinsler will make $11 million in the final year of his contract.
If Kinsler does bounce back -- and remember, before last season he had posted an OPS+ of 100 or better in 10 of his 11 seasons -- then he would represent a sizable upgrade over the incumbent options at the keystone for the Angels, including Kaleb Cowart.
Kinsler would fortify the Angels lineup further, too, leaving just two positions as question marks: catcher, where Martin Maldonado's defense-only ways are unlikely to be improved upon, and first base, where Albert Pujols' decline has stripped him of most of his production.
Coming into the night, the Angels had already re-signed Justin Upton and added Shohei Ohtani.
On the Tigers end, they received Hernandez and Montgomery. Montgomery ranked 20th on MLB.com's Angels list, with his well-rounded skill set giving him a chance at becoming a bench player. Hernandez checked in at 24th. He's a teenager with a good fastball.
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