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Angels acquire Ian Kinsler from Tigers

Angels acquire Ian Kinsler from Tigers

The Angels on Wednesday acquired veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Detroit Tigers, filling a need with a proven player. Several teams engaged in discussions with Detroit, but only the Angels convinced Kinsler to waive his no-trade clause.

Kinsler has a long history of offensive success, though his 2017 season was the worst of his career. He hit .236 with a .313 on-base percentage and .412 slugging mark, each metric below his norms. Angels general manager Billy Eppler said he was convinced those would revert in 2018. Kinsler turns 36 in June, but major league talent evaluators say his defense has held up well as he has aged.

"He's a pretty complete baseball...

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