Two weeks ago the Tigers announced that Joel Zumaya was opting for rehab rather than surgery, but unfortunately those plans have changed.
Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Zumaya will undergo “exploratory” elbow surgery next week and while there won’t be a timetable for his recovery until after he’s under the knife the assumption is that he’ll miss the entire season.
Zumaya has amazingly maintained his triple-digit fastball throughout a litany of elbow and shoulder injuries, but you have to wonder how many more times he can come back from a lengthy rehab throwing gas. He had a 1.94 ERA in 82 innings as a rookie in 2006, but in the five seasons since then he’s logged a total of just 126 innings and Zumaya hasn’t taken the mound since gruesomely fracturing his elbow last June 28.
Update (7:51 PM ET): ESPN’s Buster Olney says the deal isn’t final yet. Rosenthal says that any delay on this trade is due to Kinsler’s no-trade clause, but he still expects the deal to happen.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels will acquire second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers. It is not known yet what the Tigers will receive in return. Kinsler had to waive his no-trade clause in order for the deal to happen.
Kinsler, 35, hit .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, 90 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 613 plate appearances for the Tigers this past season. He’s in the final year of his contract and will earn $10 million for the 2018 season.
The Angels were certainly looking to upgrade at second base and did so with Kinsler. They were also reportedly interested in Cesar Hernandez of the Phillies.