Ian Kinsler. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) (helm)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was general manager of the Tigers in 2013, and he acquired Ian Kinsler from the Rangers for Prince Fielder.
Well, five years later, Dombrowski dealt for the second baseman again. He sent the Angels a pair of pitching prospects for the four-time All-Star and 2016 Gold Glove winner.
Dombrowski and Kinsler's former Detroit teammate David Price are excited about the addition.
"He's a championship, a winning-type player," Dombrowski said. "He does anything he possibly can, he does the little things, he's a gamer. But he does a lot of things well. He can hit the ball out of the ballpark. He doesn't strike out very much. He's good defensively. He's got nine stolen bases this year, so he runs well. He turns the double play--I know it's not as big of a deal anymore because of the shifts we have, but he really turns the double play. He's really a good player. He's a good teammate. I know the guys here are excited, a couple guys I told already that he's joining us, that have known him from the past, so he makes us a little bit better, we think."
"He's the closest teammate I've ever had to Dustin Pedroia," Price said. "He brings that intensity, that fire every day. He's a gamer. He'll make any team better, and I'm definitely happy we got him."
Kinsler joins Price and J.D. Martinez as former Tigers acquired by Dombrowski. The trade deadline is at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports