Late Monday night during their walk-off win over Phillies, the Red Sox struck a deal with the Angels for four-time All Star second baseman Ian Kinsler in exchange for two minor league prospects.
To paraphrase Red Sox color commentator Dennis Eckersley, “It’s time to partyyy… Like it’s 2011”.
Kinsler, 36, is having a down year by his standards, with a .239/.304/.406 slash line, but he brings playoff experience to a team that is severely lacking in postseason tested players.
This move all but confirms that Dustin Pedroia will not be returning this season from his chronic knee troubles. Kinsler is almost guaranteed to slide into the role as the everyday second basemen, while Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt, who have been filling in for Pedroia all year, will take turns playing third while Rafael Devers is on the 10 day DL.
The only question I have now is WHAT ABOUT THE BULLPEN????
The Red Sox still have major holes at the back end of the bullpen, and with contenders in the AL in an arms race (pun intended) to build up the most stacked bullpens possible, the fact that Dave Dombrowski was content with sitting on his hands as the trade deadline passed is befuddling to say the least.
I’m not saying that the Kinsler move was bad by any stretch of the imagination. Second base has been inconsistent for the Sox all year. Kinsler, the 2016 Gold Glover, is a VASTLY superior defensive player in comparison to both Holt and Nunez. Even though his stats for the entire year aren’t reflecting it, Kinsler seems to be back on track. He has an .859 OPS since May 28th and still has decent power with 13 home runs on the year.
The point is with the Red Sox farm system being so depleted, it puts every move they make under a microscope. Could the two minor leaguers the Sox flipped for Kinsler, Ty Buttrey and Williams Jerez, also have netted Kinsler’s former teammate Adrian Beltre? Personally, I would much rather have seen that reunion than the Kinsler acquisition, but what can you do?
It may seem like I’m shitting all over this trade, but I actually do think it’s a good deal. Kinsler has played in two World Series’ with the Rangers in 2010 and 2011, he’s hit well at Fenway for the majority of his career, and those numbers can seemingly only go up with more at bats.
The Red Sox needed another veteran in the clubhouse as they prepare to make their run down the stretch, and it seems that they have found their man in the form of Kinsler. We are always welcoming to a member of the “Hate Angel Hernandez Club.”
I don't know how everyone feels about Ian Kinsler, but him yelling at Angel Hernandez and it resulting MLB umpires wearing solidarity armbands was HILARIOUS. pic.twitter.com/RPAcRapJ4o
— Andrew Tashian (@Tashville401) July 31, 2018
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