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Red Sox place Henry Owens on outright waivers

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Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that the Red Sox have placed pitcher Henry Owens on outright waivers. That opens up a spot on the club’s 40-man roster.

Owens, 25, struggled in the majors in 2015-16 with the Red Sox, posting an aggregate 5.19 ERA with 71 strikeouts and 44 walks in 85 innings. He spent all of last season in the minors, compiling a 4.21 ERA between Double-A Portland (57 innings) and Triple-A Pawtucket (69 innings).

Owens was a consensus top-100 prospect going into the 2013-15 seasons. The lefty has struggled to find the strike zone in recent years and his fastball velocity has declined. Still, he has youth on his side, so he would be a cheap gamble for an interested team.

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.