The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim keep adding important pieces to their puzzle in search of their first playoff appearance in years. According to MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal, the Angels have acquired four-time All-Star second-basemen Ian Kinsler from Detroit Tigers.
Kinsler is scheduled to earn $11 million in 2018, his final year under contract.
The All-Star had to approve of the trade as he held a No-Trade-Clause with the Tigers.
Kinsler will be teaming up with one of the best defensive shortstops in the Majors in Andrelton Simmons, which should be nothing new for the veteran as he has worked with Jose Iglesias past few years in Detroit, a defensive specialist in his own right.
The 35-year-old had his worst season in 2017, batting for only a .236 average with 22 home runs and 52 RBIs.
Many attribute his bad season to not having the rest he was used to during last year's off-season, as he played for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic and helped the team to its first championship.
In his 12 year career in the Big Leagues he is a .273 average hitter with over 200 homers.
The Angels had originally tried to trade for Phillies Cesar Hernandez, but according to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports the price was too high.
Angels really liked Cesar Hernandez, but found the Phillies' price to be too high, source says— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) 14 de diciembre de 2017
The Angels have now added three important pieces for their 2018 season in Kinsler, Justin Upton and Shohei Ohtani.
The Japanese two-way star will be used as a starter and DH by the Los Angeles team.
These new players could make the Angels lineup look like this:
1- 2B Ian Kinsler
2- CF Mike Trout
3- LF Justin Upton
4- 1B/DH Albert Pujols
5- RF Kole Calhoun
6- DH/1B Shohei Ohtani/C.J. Cron
SS Andrelton Simmons
3B Luis Valbuena
C Martin Maldonado
Not bad for the "Halos".
The trade was confirmed by Rosenthal, but the teams have not confirmed yet.
It hasn´t been reported what the Angels traded to Detroit for the second-basemen.