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Red Sox trade to acquire Ian Kinsler from Los Angeles Angels

Red Sox trade to acquire Ian Kinsler from Los Angeles Angels
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The Red Sox acquired the second baseman Ian Kinsler as well as cash from the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels in exchange received right-hander Ty Buttrey as well as left-hander Williams Jerez. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Angels will be sending the Red Sox half of the remaining amount of Kinsler’s, $3.6 million in salary obligation. The 36-year-old Kinsler is battling a .239 this season with 13 homers as well as 32 RBIs. But with the second baseman, Dustin Pedroia shelved indefinitely; the Sox had been searching for more depth at the position.

Dave Dombrowski, the president of Red Sox baseball operations, told the media reporters after the team’s 2-1 victory on Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies that he expects Kinsler to be regular second baseman, moving Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt back into the utility roles once the third baseman Rafael Devers comes off the DL.

Dombrowski said, “Ian’s a really good defensive player. It’s what we hoped, early this season that Dustin would be.”

Kinsler has never started at another defensive position in his 13-year long major league career.

David Price, the Red Sox pitcher, said, “He’s the closest teammate that I’ve ever had to Dustin Pedroia. He brings that intensity, that fire every single day. He’s a gamer. He’ll make any team better. I’m very happy we got him.”

Billy Eppler, the GM of Angels, said he had spoken with Kinsler and had appreciated his time with the team.

“That was difficult, but we’re excited about the players we’re getting back and the potential for an impact in the future,” said Eppler on Monday through a conference call. “There’s a reason people gravitate to this guy. I know I did, and I was only around him less than a calendar year. We have to weigh that impact and the duration of that impact, for the guys returning in this deal.”

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