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The Red Sox add a second baseman.
Late on Monday night, the Red Sox acquired second baseman Ian Kinsler and cash considerations from the Angels. The Red Sox sent minor-league pitchers Williams Jerez and Ty Buttrey in the deal.
Source: #RedSox get Kinsler.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2018
This is a huge pickup for the Red Sox. Kinsler is a good second baseman and can help the Red Sox defense out quite a bit. Kinsler doesn’t have the best bat, but his defense makes up for it. Kinsler is having a bad offensive year on his standards with a slash line of .239/.304 /.406 and 13 homers.
A quick overview on the prospects the Red Sox gave up to acquire Kinsler:
Ty Buttrey: 25 year old RHP (Starter turned Reliever) In AAA [#19 in Red Sox system per MLB Pipeline]
Career: 3.97 ERA 1.404 WHIP 7.7 K/9 3.9 BB/9 8.8 H/9 2018: 2.25 ERA 1.136 WHIP 13.1 K/9 2.9 BB/9 7.4 H/9
Williams Jerez: 26 year old LHP (Reliever) in AAA [#23 in Red Sox system per MLB Pipeline]
Career: 3.39 ERA 1.374 WHIP 9.4 K/9 3.5 BB/9 8.8 H/9 2018: 3.86 ERA 1.383 WHIP 11.7 K/9 4.2 BB/9 8.2 H/9
This move also opens up the opportunity for the Red Sox to trade for another player and not worry about finding a roster spot for that player. I realize that Dave Dombrowski is telling the media that he wouldn’t be surprised if this was the last move the team made, but I don’t buy it. I fully expect him to make another move by tomorrow, preferably a reliever.
I am sure that there will be more Red Sox trade rumors by tomorrow’s deadline. Be sure to stay tuned to the site to stay updated on everything that happens.