Angels officially acquire Ian Kinsler

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The busy Los Angeles Angels filled a big hole at second base, acquiring Ian Kinsler from the Detroit Tigers for two minor leaguers Wednesday night.

Update 8:02 PM: Per Ken Rosenthal, any delay so far has to do with his no-trade clause. It's unclear if he attached any conditions to the deal.

All of the teams mentioned above are in need of a 2nd baseman, but it appeared that the Angels won over the ear of the Tigers front office. Kinsiler will make $11 million in the final year of his contract. The Tigers have not yet confirmed the deal or said who the Angels are sending in return. In fact, Kinsler's held a defensive WAR of 1.5 or better in six of his 12 seasons, and holds a career defensive WAR of 16.1, placing him in the top-100 of all-time. The Angels added on to the already prized addition of Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani, and the late-season addition of Justin Upton, and have seemingly put themselves right in the thick of the wild-card discussion for 2018. He was acquired from Texas in a trade for Prince Fielder and batted.275 with 78 home runs, 300 RBIs and 401 runs for the Tigers.

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Kinsler, 35, had a down overall season for Detroit in 2016.

As it relates to the Angels, Kinsler will surely be an upgrade over the weak-hitting tandem of Cliff Pennington and Danny Espinosa from last season.

He was productive the last four years with the Tigers, although his batting average fell in 2017 to a career low.

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