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Indians and Twins to extend protective netting for the 2018 season

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The Associated Press reports that the Indians and Twins have announced plans to extend protective netting at Progressive Field and Target Field, respectively, for the 2018 season.

At Progressive Field, the netting will be extended from behind home plate to the ends of both dugouts. Canopy nets will be stretched farther down the third base line.

At Target Field, the height of the existing netting will be raised above the dugout from seven feet to nine feet. The netting will also be extended along the Dugout Box seating area down the foul lines.

Teams got serious about extending protective netting after a young fan was struck by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium in September. The Reds, Padres, Mariners, and Brewers each announced plans to implement more netting. The Yankees didn’t get on board until October. And now the Indians and Twins will join them. Other teams, like the Phillies, had already extended netting even beyond Major League Baseball’s guidelines.

Al Avila on trading Ian Kinsler: “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged.”

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Tigers GM Al Avila said on Tuesday, via MLB.com’s Jason Beck, that there’s been significant headway made in the quest to trade second baseman Ian Kinsler. He said, “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged. We just can’t agree.”

Kinsler, 35, is in the last year of his contract with the Tigers, earning $10 million for this coming season. In 2017, the veteran batted .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, and 90 runs scored in 613 plate appearances.

It’s not known yet which team (or teams) have gotten far in discussions with the Tigers, but the Angels have been suggested as a good fit given their need for a second baseman.