Al Avila has ticked off the main item on his offseason to-do list. The Tigers on Wednesday traded 35-year-old second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Angels, per Ken Rosenthal. Kinsler had to waive his no-trade clause to approve the deal. The Angels had been pursuing Kinsler for at least the past month. Word first surfaced in November that they were interested in the four-time All-Star and their talks with the Tigers picked up steam this week at the Winter Meetings. Per Anthony Fenech, Angels slugger Justin Upton encouraged the team’s general manager, Billy Eppler, to bring Kinsler on board. Upton and Kinsler became close friends as teammates in Detroit. Kinsler was the last major domino to fall in the Tigers’ rebuild that began last July when they shipped J.D. Martinez to the Diamondbacks. Soon thereafter, they dealt Justin Wilson and Alex Avila to the Cubs, Justin Upton to the Angels and Justin Verlander to the Astros.
Report: Tigers Trade Ian Kinsler To Angels
CBS Detroit | Dec 13