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According to reports late last night, the Boston Red Sox have acquired second basemen Ian Kinsler from the Los Angeles Angels. In return, Boston will give Los Angeles two players from Triple-A in pitchers Ty Buttrey and Williams Jerez.
NBC Sports Evan Drellich also reported the Red Sox will receive $1.83 mil in the deal, which will cover roughly half of the remaining $3.6 mil Kinsler is still owed.
Boston has been rumored to be looking for second base help for quite a while. They have mostly played Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt at the position this year, so Kinsler marks a sizable upgrade. On the season, he has churned a respectable .239 AVG/.304 OBP/.406 SLG in 391 plate appearances. Additionally, he has compiled a 97 wRC+ and 2.0 fWAR.
Although a corresponding active roster move has not yet been made, it is safe to say Tzu-Wei Lin will be sent back down to Pawtucket. It gets a little complicated when Rafael Devers returns from the disabled list, however. It seems Eduardo Nunez, who is getting hot, may end up being the guy who gets lost in the shuffle.
Boston did have to forfeit two 40-man pitchers for Kinsler’s services. Buttrey seems to have a real shot to be a contributor to a MLB bullpen right now. He has enjoyed a breakout season and can hit 100 mph with ease. Jerez also has fairly impressive Triple-A numbers, topping out as a back of the rotation or bullpen piece in the future. This package seems fair but it is always tough to give up interesting arms like these.
With that said, there is no doubt the Boston Red Sox have gotten better with this move. Dustin Pedroia has been out virtually all year and it appears increasingly unlikely we will see him playing baseball in 2018. Kinsler provides depth and adds more reliability and consistency at second.