In a startling turn of events, 4x All Star second baseman Ian Kinsler has announced his retirement right before the final campaign of the 2-year contract he signed with the Padres last offseason.
Debuting in 2006, he spent the first 8 years with the Texas Rangers before being traded to the Detroit Tigers before the 2013 season in the Prince Fielder blockbuster. He played there until 2017, and split 2018 with the Angels and eventual World Champion Boston Red Sox. T he 37 year old hit 9 homeruns with a .646 OPS in a down 2019, and is now hanging it up.
Kinsler, however, was one of MLBs premiere second baseman during his tenure. Over his 14 year career, he hit .270 with a .777 OPS, with 257 HR, 1999 hits and 253 stolen bases. A stellar defender, he also won multiple gold glove awards.
What will happen to Kinsler’s $4.25M left on his deal with the Padres is currently unknown, but the club has announced that he’s accepted a front office role with the franchise.
PSE will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
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