Red Sox Trade for Ian Kinsler

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What the Red Sox are getting

They’ll be getting veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler, and cash considerations to help pay the rest of his salary for this season. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic is reporting the Angels will be sending the Red Sox $1.8 million of the remaining $3.6 million of Kinsler’s salary. This will help keep the Red Sox under the luxury tax.

Kinsler is in his 13th major league season and he is closing in on 250 career home runs. He isn’t having his best offensive season, but with the injury-plagued season that second baseman Dustin Pedroia has had, second baseman was a need for Boston and now Kinsler can settle into a much deeper lineup than what was present in Anaheim.

This role should fit Kinsler perfectly for what he is at this point in his career, because he can be a guy that opposing teams won’t be the most worried about, but he’s still capable of doing damage, not to mention he’s still a pretty good fielder, which is obviously something Boston will welcome.

What the Angels are getting

Anaheim will be getting minor league right-handed pitcher Ty buttrey and minor league right-handed pitcher Williams Jerez.

Buttrey was ranked as the number 19 prospect in the Red Sox organization before this trade and what makes him attractive is his fastball. While it’s a little bit straight, it does have very good velocity to make up for some of the lack of movement. He also has a nice changeup that he uses to change speeds, but he does need to work on his control to improve as a pitcher.

Jerez was ranked as the number 23 prospect in the Red Sox organization before this deal and he is also a guy with a very good fastball. His best secondary pitch is a slider, but he also has an effective splitter and his control grades out better than Buttrey’s. He is a reliever so it’ll be interesting to see what kind of role he assumes throughout his career.

Overall I like this package the Angels got back. Kinsler is in the last year of his deal and the Angels have improved their farm system in the past year and this will just help to further that along. They also have Jahmai Jones set up to take over the second base spot, possibly next season, so Kinsler wasn’t in the long-term plans anyways.

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