In searching for a second baseman, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski returned to a player he knew well with the acquisition of Ian Kinsler from the Los Angeles Angels late Wednesday night.
Kinsler - a Gold Glove Award victor in 2016 - has registered a.239/.304/.406 slash line for the Angels this season. While he may not be the same hitter as he was in the prime of his career, he can still play solid defense. That's higher than every Red Sox position player except Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, Andrew Benintendi and Xander Bogaerts.
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Boston has seen Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt get time at second this season, but neither has been able to provide the power to the order that Kinsler has displayed so far this season. This is something the club absolutely needed given the unlikelihood of a Dustin Pedroia return, as well as their other injuries on the roster (Rafael Devers' injury put the team down a third baseman, and badly).
The MLB trade deadline is Tuesday at 4 p.m. and the Red Sox will likely be active looking for a reliever.