There you have it. Less than 24 hours after the trade was completed, Ian Kinsler will make his debut with the Red Sox later tonight.
Taking over as the everyday second baseman and batting sixth on Tuesday, Kinsler will wear the number 5.
Among American League second baseman, the 36-year old infielder ranks fourth in terms of fWAR (2.0) and first in Defensive Runs Saved (10).
In his career against the Phillies, Kinsler is slashing .357/.438/.607 with one home run and two RBI in seven games.
At Fenway Park, in 41 career games, he is slashing .260/.306/.441 with seven homers and 26 RBI.
As a corresponding move, the Red Sox optioned Tzu-Wei Lin to Triple A Pawtucket, hence Kinsler taking his number.
The trade deadline is less than 15 minutes away now. It’s looking less likely that the team will be able to land a reliever with guys like Jake Diekman and Brad Ziegler landing with the Arizona Diamondbacks.