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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: BOSTON RED SOX ACQUIRE 2B IAN KINSLER FROM ANGELS

The Boston Red Sox refuse to stand by and watch the New York Yankees make all the trade news as they acquired veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Los Angeles Angels late Monday for cash considerations, LHP Williams Jarez, and RHP Ty Buttrey.  Now clearly in the twilight of his very impressive and underrated career, Kinsler arrives in Boston hitting just .239 but with a solid 13 home runs and 9 stolen bases.  While Kinsler is still posting useful power/speed numbers, his average has dipped under .240 for the second season in a row which is a clear indication his 36-year-old body is dragging his game down a bit but in short bursts, the guy can still be a help to those in fantasy baseball who take part in AL-only formats or as a backup/MI option in deeper mixed leagues.  With just a 10.2 K/9 rate this season, Kinsler still has his high-contact approach down pat and generally has stayed healthy which you would figure would be another major challenge since he is approaching 40.  Add in the ballpark boost and likely invigoration going to a prime World Series contender and Kinsler could be a very sneaky play the rest of the way if he is available on your league's wire. 


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