The Boston Red Sox have acquired second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Los Angeles Angels for Ty Buttrey and Williams Jerez as first reported by Ken Rosenthal.
Kinsler is 36-years-old and is hitting .239 this season. He has added 13 home runs and 32 RBIs. Boston has had some uncertainty at second base with regular starter Dustin Pedroia out with knee inflammation. He has played just three games this season.
Boston will use Kinsler as the every day second basemen while Pedroia is out. Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski has said that Kinsler’s defense is really good, which is something they wanted out of Pedroia. Kinsler will allow the Red Sox to have more flexibility. Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt can move back to their utility roles, with Kinsler as the starter.
The Angels get two Triple-A relievers as part of the deal. Buttrey has an ERA of 2.25, while Jerez is sporting a 3.63 ERA. In addition to these players, the Angels will pay $1.8 million of Kinsler’s remaining $3.6 million contract.