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Birth Date6-22-1982
Height6' 0"
Weight200 lbs
Age35 years, 11 months, 0 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2.42014
2.72015
4.52016
1.02017
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2006 TEX 24 120 474 423 65 121 27 1 14 192 40 64 3 7 1 55 11 4 .286 .347 .454 .262 14.1 13.7 2.7
2007 TEX 25 130 566 483 96 127 22 2 20 213 62 83 9 4 8 61 23 2 .263 .355 .441 .271 27.2 13.6 4.0
2008 TEX 26 121 583 518 102 165 41 4 18 268 45 67 6 7 7 71 26 2 .319 .375 .517 .293 42.9 -2.1 4.1
2009 TEX 27 144 640 566 101 143 32 4 31 276 59 77 6 6 3 86 31 5 .253 .327 .488 .273 32.5 16.3 4.9
2010 TEX 28 103 460 391 73 112 20 1 9 161 56 57 7 4 2 45 15 5 .286 .382 .412 .277 21.7 4.7 2.8
2011 TEX 29 155 723 620 121 158 34 4 32 296 89 71 8 2 4 77 30 4 .255 .355 .477 .281 44.6 11.8 6.0
2012 TEX 30 157 731 655 105 168 42 5 19 277 60 90 10 5 1 72 21 9 .257 .326 .423 .260 24.9 -6.1 2.0
2013 TEX 31 136 614 545 85 151 31 2 13 225 51 59 8 7 3 72 15 11 .277 .344 .413 .291 36.1 13.2 5.4
2014 DET 32 161 726 684 100 188 40 4 17 287 29 79 5 5 92 15 4 .275 .307 .420 .256 18.4 3.1 2.4
2015 DET 33 154 675 624 94 185 35 7 11 267 43 80 3 5 0 73 10 6 .296 .342 .428 .269 25.1 0.1 2.7
2016 DET 34 153 679 618 117 178 29 4 28 299 45 115 13 3 0 83 14 6 .288 .348 .484 .285 40.2 3.0 4.5
2017 DET 35 139 613 551 90 130 25 3 22 227 55 86 7 0 0 52 14 5 .236 .313 .412 .240 9.0 1.0 1.0
2018 ANA 36 33 145 129 13 26 6 0 2 38 14 14 1 1 0 5 5 1 .202 .283 .295 .203 -6.2 4.4 -0.2
Career1706762968071162185238441236302664894286562984423064.272.340.445.270330.476.642.2

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2003 SPO A- 51 216 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CLN A 60 259 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .444 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 FRI AA 71 326 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 OKL AAA 131 597 .261 .276 .346 .443 .274 .290 95 0.1 4.6 -0.1 2.9 5.7 10.2 1.2 10.2 1.2
2006 TEX MLB 120 474 .262 .266 .330 .425 .254 .304 108 0.9 14.3 -0.7 13.7 -0.5 14.1 2.7 14.1 2.7
2006 OKL AAA 10 41 .249 .270 .335 .421 .262 .250 105 -0.5 1.2 -0.1 0.9 0.3 1.0 0.2 1.0 0.2
2007 TEX MLB 130 566 .271 .272 .337 .431 .267 .279 101 6.6 16.8 -0.8 13.6 4.6 27.2 4.0 27.2 4.0
2007 OKL AAA 3 14 .281 .290 .353 .439 .274 .417 97 0.3 0.4 0 -0.5 0.2 1.0 0.0 1.0 0.0
2008 TEX MLB 121 583 .293 .263 .329 .412 .259 .334 112 20.7 16.8 -0.8 -2.1 6.1 42.9 4.1 42.9 4.1
2009 TEX MLB 144 640 .273 .265 .330 .424 .260 .241 107 8.7 18.4 -0.8 16.3 6.2 32.5 4.9 32.5 4.9
2009 FRI AA 2 9 .089 .248 .316 .367 .234 .000 115 -1.4 0.2 0 -0.0 0.0 -1.2 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1
2010 TEX MLB 103 460 .277 .262 .327 .416 .261 .313 112 8 12.7 -0.6 4.7 1.6 21.7 2.8 21.7 2.8
2010 FRI AA 6 23 .271 .264 .321 .383 .256 .312 96 0.3 0.6 0 0.3 -0.1 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
2011 TEX MLB 155 723 .281 .259 .322 .408 .265 .243 111 15.2 19.5 -1.7 11.8 11.6 44.6 6.0 44.6 6.0
2012 TEX MLB 157 731 .260 .257 .318 .415 .264 .270 104 -0.3 20.0 -1.9 -6.1 7.0 24.9 2.0 24.9 2.0
2013 TEX MLB 136 614 .291 .258 .319 .406 .269 .287 100 18 16.1 -1.5 13.2 3.5 36.1 5.4 36.1 5.4
2013 FRI AA 2 9 .079 .258 .320 .417 .260 .000 102 -1.7 0.2 -0.1 0.0 -0.5 -1.9 -0.2 -1.9 -0.2
2014 DET MLB 161 726 .256 .258 .318 .395 .264 .288 107 -2.4 18.7 -0.9 3.1 3.0 18.4 2.4 18.4 2.4
2015 DET MLB 154 675 .269 .252 .311 .400 .256 .323 103 5.7 18.2 -0.9 0.1 2.1 25.1 2.7 25.1 2.7
2016 DET MLB 153 679 .285 .255 .320 .420 .258 .314 106 17.2 19.2 -0.9 3.0 4.7 40.2 4.5 40.2 4.5
2017 DET MLB 139 613 .240 .251 .317 .423 .255 .244 110 -12.6 17.9 -1.1 1.0 4.7 9.0 1.0 9.0 1.0
2018 ANA MLB 33 145 .203 .239 .307 .398 .247 .211 100 -8.7 4.2 -0.2 4.4 -1.6 -6.2 -0.2 -6.2 -0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2003 SPO A- 216 32 52 10 6 1 15 20 34 11 3 .277 .358 .410 .133 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CLN A 259 52 91 30 1 11 53 26 37 16 6 .401 .467 .687 .286 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 FRI AA 326 51 83 21 1 9 46 32 47 7 4 .300 .400 .480 .181 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 OKL AAA 597 102 145 28 2 23 94 53 89 19 5 .274 .348 .464 .191 .261 10.2 2.9 1.2
2006 TEX MLB 474 65 121 27 1 14 55 40 64 11 4 .286 .347 .454 .168 .262 14.1 13.7 2.7
2006 OKL AAA 41 7 10 3 0 2 6 2 5 1 1 .256 .293 .487 .231 .249 1.0 0.9 0.2
2007 TEX MLB 566 96 127 22 2 20 61 62 83 23 2 .263 .355 .441 .178 .271 27.2 13.6 4.0
2007 OKL AAA 14 1 5 0 0 0 3 0 1 2 0 .385 .385 .385 .000 .281 1.0 -0.5 0.0
2008 TEX MLB 583 102 165 41 4 18 71 45 67 26 2 .319 .375 .517 .199 .293 42.9 -2.1 4.1
2009 FRI AA 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .000 .222 .000 .000 .089 -1.2 -0.0 -0.1
2009 TEX MLB 640 101 143 32 4 31 86 59 77 31 5 .253 .327 .488 .235 .273 32.5 16.3 4.9
2010 FRI AA 23 3 5 0 1 0 6 2 3 2 0 .263 .364 .368 .105 .271 0.8 0.3 0.1
2010 TEX MLB 460 73 112 20 1 9 45 56 57 15 5 .286 .382 .412 .125 .277 21.7 4.7 2.8
2011 TEX MLB 723 121 158 34 4 32 77 89 71 30 4 .255 .355 .477 .223 .281 44.6 11.8 6.0
2012 TEX MLB 731 105 168 42 5 19 72 60 90 21 9 .257 .326 .423 .166 .260 24.9 -6.1 2.0
2013 FRI AA 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 .000 .111 .000 .000 .079 -1.9 0.0 -0.2
2013 TEX MLB 614 85 151 31 2 13 72 51 59 15 11 .277 .344 .413 .136 .291 36.1 13.2 5.4
2014 DET MLB 726 100 188 40 4 17 92 29 79 15 4 .275 .307 .420 .145 .256 18.4 3.1 2.4
2015 DET MLB 675 94 185 35 7 11 73 43 80 10 6 .296 .342 .428 .131 .269 25.1 0.1 2.7
2016 DET MLB 679 117 178 29 4 28 83 45 115 14 6 .288 .348 .484 .196 .285 40.2 3.0 4.5
2017 DET MLB 613 90 130 25 3 22 52 55 86 14 5 .236 .313 .412 .176 .240 9.0 1.0 1.0
2018 ANA MLB 145 13 26 6 0 2 5 14 14 5 1 .202 .283 .295 .093 .203 -6.2 4.4 -0.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2008 2145 0.5100 0.4462 0.8673 0.6161 0.2693 0.9243 0.7314 0.1327 939 0.010692
2009 2412 0.5012 0.4498 0.8719 0.6493 0.2494 0.9223 0.7400 0.1281 1060 0.009060
2010 1738 0.5058 0.4091 0.8720 0.5859 0.2282 0.9417 0.6888 0.1280 857 0.005706
2011 2814 0.4837 0.3721 0.9064 0.5628 0.1934 0.9517 0.7829 0.0936 1446 0.011004
2012 2895 0.5105 0.4269 0.8665 0.5947 0.2519 0.9249 0.7227 0.1335 1349 0.009763
2013 2380 0.5029 0.4017 0.8944 0.5681 0.2333 0.9559 0.7428 0.1056 1181 0.007825
2014 2535 0.4994 0.4690 0.8890 0.6398 0.2987 0.9605 0.7361 0.1110 1090 0.013725
2015 2516 0.4678 0.4694 0.8772 0.6695 0.2935 0.9467 0.7379 0.1228 1106 0.009723
2016 2542 0.4819 0.4481 0.8385 0.6253 0.2832 0.9086 0.6944 0.1615 0 0.000000
2017 2397 0.4844 0.4439 0.8430 0.6176 0.2807 0.9107 0.7032 0.1570 0 0.000000
2018 587 0.4787 0.4225 0.8831 0.6406 0.2222 0.9333 0.7500 0.1169 0 0.000000
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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-05-18 2013-06-15 15-DL 28 25 Right Trunk Stress Fracture Rib Cage - -
2012-09-02 2012-09-03 DTD 1 1 - Low Back Soreness - -
2012-05-16 2012-05-17 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness - -
2012-03-11 2012-03-14 Camp 3 0 - Low Back Tightness - -
2010-07-28 2010-09-01 15-DL 35 32 Left Groin Strain -
2010-03-26 2010-04-29 15-DL 34 21 Right Ankle Recovery From Sprain High Ankle -
2010-03-12 2010-03-26 Camp 14 0 Right Ankle Sprain High Ankle -
2009-07-29 2009-08-15 15-DL 17 16 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-03-13 2009-03-15 Camp 2 0 Left Foot Contusion Bone -
2008-08-18 2008-09-29 60-DL 42 37 Left Surgery Sports Hernia 2008-09-05
2008-05-03 2008-05-05 DTD 2 2 Bilateral Soreness -
2008-03-31 2008-03-31 Camp 0 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2007-06-29 2007-07-31 15-DL 32 27 Right Foot Stress Fracture -
2007-04-07 2007-04-08 DTD 1 1 General Medical Illness GI -
2006-04-12 2006-05-25 15-DL 43 37 Left Thumb Dislocation Thumb -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 ANA $11,000,000
2017 DET $11,000,000
2016 DET $14,000,000
2015 DET $16,000,000
2014 DET $16,000,000
2013 TEX $13,000,000
2012 TEX $7,200,000
2011 TEX $6,200,000
2010 TEX $4,200,000
2009 TEX $3,200,000
2008 TEX $500,000
2007 TEX $390,708
2006 TEX $327,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
12 yrPrevious$92,017,708
2018Current$11,000,000
13 yrPvs + Cur$103,017,708
13 yrTotal$103,017,708

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
12 y 0 dBBI Sports Group5 years/$75M (2013-17), 2018 option

Details
  • 5 years/$75M (2013-17), plus 2018 club option. Signed extension with Texas 4/10/12. 13:$13M, 14:$16M, 15:$16M, 16:$14M, 17:$11M, 18:$10M club option, $5M buyout. 2018 option guaranteed at $11M with 600 plate appearances in 2017 (met). 2017 Gold Glove would increase 2018 salary by $1M. Award bonuses, including $0.1M for All Star. Limited no-trade protection. Acquired by Detroit in trade from Texas 11/20/13, with Tigers paying $30M to Rangers in the deal. As of 12/17, Kinsler's no-trade clause allowed him to block deals to 10 clubs: LA Angels, LA Dodgers, Milwaukee, NY Mets, NY Yankees, Oakland, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa Bay, Toronto. Acquired by LA Angels in trade from Detroit 12/13/17.
  • 5 years/$22M (2008-12), plus 2013 club option. Signed extension with Texas 2/19/08 (replaced 1 year/$407,570 deal signed 2/15/08). $1M signing bonus. 08:$0.5M, 09:$3M, 10:$4M, 11:$6M, 12:$7M, 13:$10M club option ($0.5M buyout). Award bonus: $50,000 for All Star selection.
  • 1 year/$390,708 (2007). Re-signed by Texas 3/07.
  • 1 year/$0.327M (2006). Contract purchased by Texas 11/05.
  • Drafted by Texas 2003 (17-496).

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .305 .360 .491 .292
11 vs R (Multi) .280 .334 .443 .271
18 Split (Multi) -.025 -.026 -.049 -.021
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 -.017
30 vs L (2016) .309 .369 .525 .306
31 vs R (2016) .281 .340 .469 .277
38 Split (2016) -.028 -.029 -.055 -.029
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 -.016

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-03-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)"Low minors second base prospect is always a tough profile." Ahhh, so THAT'S why every scout crapped all over me, and Dustin, and Cano, and Mookie B., and on and on and on. Maybe second base shouldn't be looked at as a "tough profile" any more than any other position.
(Jose Altuve from Cooperstown, but later)
So Pedroia was a shortstop prospect until Double-A, Cano was mostly a shortstop until High-A (and looked like he would end up at third if we're counting), and Betts played all over the place. People will bring up Jose Altuve until the cows come home, but isn't the guy who turned out to have an 8 hit more the exception than the rule?

Here's an exercise: group your favorite X number of MLB second basemen and see how many were second basemen in the low-minors.

I'll start. Aside from the above, Daniel Murphy wasn't, Ian Kinsler wasn't, Ben Zobrist wasn't, Javier Baez wasn't, Brandon Phillips wasn't, Neil Walker wasn't, Dee Gordon wasn't, Logan Forsythe wasn't, Brian Dozier mostly wasn't, I think Jason Kipnis and Rougned Odor moved there in High-A, hell even Joe Panik moved there in Double-A. (Jarrett Seidler)
2017-03-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)Ian Kinsler sure has a whole lotta grission, huh? ;)
(Gary from NY)
For those who missed it, Ian Kinsler went after the Puerto Rico and Dominican teams under the nebulous "play the game the right way" sort of way in an interview today.

This comes up every four years. This is how these teams play in, say, the Caribbean Series. I like it, and we could all do remembering baseball is more of a passion play and less of a Serious Operation sometimes. (Jarrett Seidler)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty 10 keeper in both MLB level and MILB level. I can keep Wong for free as one of my 10 MILB but can also probably trade Wong straight up for Profar (no longer MILB eligible) but would have to use a MLB keeper spot on him. Would probably cost me Rios or Ryu. I have no 2nd baseman (not keeping Utley) going into the year. Is the keeper spot worth the trade for 2014? Who do you foresee having a quicker/bigger impact Wong or Profar?
(Rich from St. Louis)
Hi Rich.

With Ian Kinsler out of the way, Jurickson Profar should have a much bigger fantasy impact than Kolten Wong in 2014. I could be wrong about Wong ( the way I was off base about Matt Carpenter) but I see Wong as more of a steady performer and not as a player with significant upside like Profar. Your decision is kind of tough, though, because you would have to give up either Alex Rios or Ryu. In this case, I might simply keep Wong since you're not surrendering the MLB slot and can keep both Wong and Rios or Wong and Ryu. It's a close call for me. I think I'd make the deal but I can see why you wouldn't either. (Mike Gianella)
2013-10-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Most likely Rangers 2nd baseman in 2015: Ian Kinsler, Jurickson Profar, Rougned Odor or Mark McLemore?
(Or from Denton)
I'd love for it to be Odor. That kid is full on #want. If the Rangers keep Profar, I can see a scenario (down the line) where Profar slides over to SS and Odor takes over at 2B. Kinsler is still a good player, but I don't see him at 2B in 2015. (Jason Parks)
2013-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jon Daniels said in a chat session today that local media members targeted Ian Kinsler for criticism more than they do other players because he's not "media-friendly." How much do you think playing nice with the media impacts the extent that they are portrayed as "leaders," "selfish," having "intangibles," etc.?
(Joe C. Wales from Lewisville)
It's certainly hard for a reporter to distinguish between "nice to me" and "good person." I think "target" is a loaded word, though. With maybe a very few exceptions, I don't think reporters target anybody, even players who are aloof or hostile. The default in local sports coverage is to be rah-rah, and the default in any access journalism is to be positive. Guys who are nice to reporters probably get more benefit of the doubt. (Sam Miller)
2012-05-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)Favorite U.S. Supreme Court Justice–baseball player comp?
(Tommy from Secret Volcano Lair)
I'm going with John Paul Stevens is Ian Kinsler. He was quietly the best all along while we were distracted by the flashier Hamilton/Scalia. (Jason Wojciechowski)
2012-04-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Rangers' starting outfield next year is...
(Or Moyal from Denton)
Ian Kinsler, Leonys Martin, and Nelson Cruz (Jason Parks)
2011-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)In terms of individual player performances, who surprised you most this postseason and why?
(R.A.Wagman from Hockey Prospectus)
The first thing that jumped to mind was all of Ian Kinsler's sketchy baserunning in the World Series, not totally erased by his one clutch SB. (Steven Goldman)
2011-10-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you explain Ian Kinsler? He was never seen as a very toolsy guy when he rose through the minors. But his power/speed/defense combination is among the best in all of baseball.
(Or from DENTON!!!)
Huge scouting success and failure at the same time. It's hard to fault those that missed it, while at the same time you have to give Mike Grouse a ton of credit for finding the diamond. (Jason Parks)
2011-08-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's the deal with Christain Yellich's speed. He has 27 steals and only 4 caught stealings yet scouts only put a 4 on his speed.
(Matt from NYC)
Stealing bases isn't only a direct by-product of the speed tool. Ian Kinsler steals like crazy (and efficient) and he isn't super fast on the watch. Good base-stealers steal off the pitcher, finding the right opportunity to take advantage of his inability to deliver the ball to the plate in the 1.2-1.4 window. You have to have quick feet which will allow for a jump, and reaching top speed after a few strides, whether that top speed grades out as plus or not, is vital. If you can find your full-stride after only a few steps, and you time the pitcher to your advantage, you can steal on the best catchers in the game. You steal on pitchers. (Jason Parks)
2011-06-29 13:30:00 (link to chat)Who are your favorite players to deal with, both past or present?
(Gerald from Savannah)
Geez. That's a tough one because there are so many good guys I have dealt with in 24 years of covering baseball. I hate to leave people out but some of my favorites would have to include Sean Casey, John Burkett, Jay Bell, Craig Wilson, Jason Schmidt, Michael Barrett from the past. From the present: Jason Bay, Cole Hamels, Carlos Pena, Scott Rolen, Brandon Phillips, Nyjer Morgan, Neil Walker, Joel Hanrahan, Adam Jones, Max Scherzer, Don Kelly, Chris Perez, Adam Dunn, Matt Capps, Torii Hunter, Kurt Suzuki, Ian Kinsler. (John Perrotto)
2011-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)How are you still going? What are you drinking? Who is your favorite out-of-nowhere prospect of all time (whether you got it right or wrong)?
(mef from Brooklyn)
I'm a machine. I'm drinking Odwalla Strawberry C. Probably Ian Kinsler. I had no idea who he was and then all of a sudden he was hitting .400. (Jason Parks)
2011-01-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)How many games will I get to play at second base on Ian Kinsler's team?
(Michael Young from Texas)
Kinsler has a hard time staying healthy, averaging 123 games a year over the last three, so I'll go with 30. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-09-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please fill in the blank. This is the best NL Rookie Class since ________ (blank). Thanks! Bobby
(Bobby from New York)
Are we going strictly by league? Because the 2007 class had Ryan Braun, Troy Tulowitzki, Dustin Pedroia and Josh Hamilton among hitters, Tim Lincecum and Joakim Soria among pitchers. 2006 had Hanley Ramirez, Ryan Zimmerman, Andre Ethier, Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler, Francisco Liriano, Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver, Josh Johnson, Matt Cain, Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon (who used to not suck), Jonathan Broxton (ditto)...

There's a lot to be excited about with this year's rookie class (Posey, Heyward, Santana, Stanton) but I'm in no rush to appoint them the best class of the past five years until I see much more. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-05-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Your opinion of the following proposed trade: Astros Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence to the Rangers for Ian Kinsler.
(CTM from Houston, TX)
This would be ghastly, especially for the Rangers. Pence may not really stick as much more than a filler in a corner in the better league, and the Rangers already have that on their bench in the form of David Murphy. Putting him in center seems a stretch, so he doesn't fix that problem. And then how do you replace Kinsler, bump Michael Young to the keystone and put Chris Davis at third? Arias and Blanco aren't viable everyday players. And all of this to get Oswalt, an older, shorter right-hander with health issues, coming to the DH league? As Eric Seidman argued this morning, I think any deal for Oswalt's only going to yield pennies on the dollar, given his contract. He's worth more to the Astros as an Astro than as something to dangle and then wangle with. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-05-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)If you had to start a team today and your only two 2B options are Ian Kinsler and Robbie Cano, who do you take and why? Bang Bang!!
(tremont from Truth or Consequences, Nm)
Kinsler, because the upside is that tasty, and because finding a playable replacement-level second baseman if or when he breaks again is probably the single easiest position fix you could name. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Julio Lugo Award, for unluckest player. Between his "balls in play" numbers, injuries, and being replaced by not one, but two people who can't hit. I can't think of too many others up to his level. Also, the Ian Kinsler/Chase Utley Award for injuries ruining MVP seasons.
(Zac from Land of Milk and Honey)
Carlos Quentin feels like he got screwed out of that award despite being injured. (Marc Normandin)
2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat)How long until Michael Young gets moved to another position? And where do you think he should end up, when he does move?
(Alone Again from Naturally)
For the Rangers, he's locked in at short as long as Ian Kinsler's his teammate, and I can't see a move to any other position than second base. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-07-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jeff: Thanks for the chat! Ian Kinsler is the greatest thing since sliced bread. He's God's gift. He's the yin and the yang. That is all.
(ghost of Ron Gant from roto history)
About five comments/questions to this effect. Yep, agreed - he's my #2 2B now, only behind Utley. The thing that I love is the SB success rate - 23-of-24. Just unreal. (Jeff Erickson)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableClearly, Ian Kinsler's the straw that stirs the whatever it is that Texans drink. Margaritas? (Christina Kahrl)
 

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