Trades are a part of professional sports. Sometimes they upset the fans, sometimes they upset the team. But in the case of former Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler, it seems to have seriously upset the player.
Kinsler, who was traded by the Rangers to the Detroit Tigers during the offseason in a huge blockbuster deal, has come out firing at his former general manager, John Daniels, and the Rangers organization.
In an upcoming feature in ESPN The Magazine by Robert Sanchez, Kinsler has his guns blazing saying “he hopes [the Rangers] go 0-162″ and that Daniels is a “sleazeball”.
I wonder how he really feels?
Kinsler’s complaints revolved around him finding out about the trade from a Dallas radio personality and not from the team, as well as him being asked to move to first base to make room for top prospect Jurickson Profar.
If you ask me this sounds like a great big bunch of sour grapes coming from Kinsler. First of all, he’s reportedly happy to have been a part of the trade, so the rest of this griping is all just window dressing to make up for the fact that he wasn’t the team leader the Rangers wanted, and that his offensive numbers had dropped off.
In this whiz-bang world of social media you never know who is going to be the one to break big news. If a story leaked to this Dallas radio jock and he spoke to Kinsler before Daniels did, then that’s life. Reportedly Daniels called to apologize and set things right with Kinsler, who refused to return his call.
Funny how sports is a business when these guys are signing their contracts, but they take it personally when they are treated like business assets.