By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Los Angeles Angels are not down spending. Days after acquiring Japanese star Shohei Otani, the team is close to acquiring former Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler.
Kinsler would be going to his third MLB team in his career. He also played for the Texas Rangers prior to the November 2013 trade to Detroit for Prince Fielder.
Neither team has confirmed the news yet, but the deal is reportedly done. The Tigers would receive prospects in return for the veteran.
Kinsler would have to waive his no-trade clause to make the deal happen, which he’s expected to do. The Angels, New York Mets and the Milwaukee Brewers are the teams, who are the most interested in him.
Yet, there’s a problem, as all of those teams were on his 10-team no-trade clause. The no-trade clause also includes the New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Kinsler is due $11 million next season. The Tigers plan all along was to pick up his option for next season then trade him.
He had his worst season this past season. He had a .236 batting average despite having 22 home runs.
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