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Red Sox acquire 2B Ian Kinsler in trade with Angels

Ryan Hannable
July 30, 2018 - 11:53 pm

The Red Sox have swung a trade, but not for a reliever.

Late Monday night, the team acquired second baseman Ian Kinsler in a trade with the Angels. Minor league pitchers Williams Jerez and Ty Buttery are going to the Angels in return. The Red Sox also received cash.

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal was first to report the deal.

Kinsler, 36, is batting .239 with 13 home runs and 32 RBIs in his first season with the Angels this year. While he may not be the same hitter as he was in the prime of his career, he can still play solid defense. According to Fan Graphs, he has a 2 WAR which is higher the every Red Sox player except Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, Andrew Benintendi and Xander Bogaerts.

He's in his final year of his deal, so will be a free agent after the season (he does have a team option).

This obviously signals the team has questions about Dustin Pedroia's availability the rest of the season.

The MLB trade deadline is Tuesday at 4 p.m. and the Red Sox will likely be active looking for a reliever.

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