The San Diego Padres have reportedly reached an agreement with free agent Second Baseman Ian Kinsler. The contract is a two-year contract worth $8 million for Kinsler, Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic broke the news first. Kinsler was traded to the World Champion Boston Red Sox earlier this year from the Los Angeles Angels.
Free-agent second baseman Ian Kinsler in agreement with the #Padres on a two-year, $8M contract with a club option, pending a physical, sources tell The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 14, 2018
For the 2018 campaign, Kinsler put up a slash line of .240/.301/.380 for the Red Sox. Kinsler also hit 14 homers with 48 homeruns during the 2018 season. With the signing of Kinsler, the Padres will have to designate a player for assignment since they will have more than 40 players on the roster. Also it appears that the Padres may move Luis Urias to shortstop until Fernando Tatis is ready to play at the big league level.
Brian Dozier, Jed Lowrie, and DJ Lemahieu are all still second baseman that are free agents, all three would be solid candidates for many teams, Kinsler is simply the first to reach an agreement he liked with a team.