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Red Sox acquire Ian Kinsler from Angels

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Red Sox have acquired second baseman Ian Kinsler (and $1.8 million) from the Angels. According to Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com, the Angels will receive minor league pitchers Williams Jerez and Ty Buttrey from the Red Sox.

Kinsler, 36, is in the final year of his contract with the Angels, his $10 million club option was picked up last offseason before the Tigers traded him. This season, the veteran has hit .239/.304/.406 with 13 home runs and 32 RBI in 391 plate appearances.

The 75-33 Red Sox have been without Dustin Pedroia all season and have been getting by at second base with Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt. Neither player has been particularly effective. Nunez has a .658 OPS and Holt has a .724 OPS.

Jerez, 26, was selected by the Red Sox in the second round of the 2011 draft. He was the club’s No. 23 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. This season, with Triple-A Pawtucket, Jerez posted a 3.68 ERA with a 67/24 K/BB raito in 51 1/3 innings of relief.

Buttrey, 25, was selected by the Red Sox in the fourth round of the 2012 draft and was ranked No. 19 in Boston’s system. With Pawtucket this year, Buttrey compiled a 2.25 ERA with a 64/14 K/BB ratio in 44 innings as a reliever.

Ned Yost to retire as Royals manager

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The Kansas City Royals just announced that Ned Yost will retire following the final game of the season. Mike Matheny will take over as the Royals manager for the 2020 season.

Yost, 65, led the Royals to victory in the 2015 World Series and to back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015. He will retire as the winningest manager in Royals history. In ten years at the helm in Kansas City he is 744-836 with five games remaining. Before he managed the Royals he managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons, compiling a 457-502 record. In all, he is 1,201-1,338. When he’s done on Sunday he will finish 32nd all-time in games managed with 2,544.

The Royals now will look for the man who will, hopefully, see the current rebuild through. Multiple reporters have cited former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as Yost’s likely replacement. He currently serves as a special advisor in the club’s player development department. He managed the Cards from 2012-18, winning the NL pennant in 2013 and finishing with a record of 591-474 in St. Louis.

Here is the Royals official statement on Yost’s retirement: