Feb 28, 2014; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (left) and Brad Ausmus (right) talk as they work out prior to the game against the New York Yankees at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kinsler says comments on Rangers taken 'out of context'

Many fans of the Tigers and the Rangers woke up to a published article featuring second baseman Ian Kinsler calling his old general manager Jon Daniels a ‘sleazeball’ and hoping his former team goes ’0-162.’

It would be no surprise, then, that when he got to camp today, Kinsler would be bombarded by media members asking him questions about the article, which was in ESPN The Magazine. The 31-year old was quick to defend and dismiss both his comments and the article.

Kinsler also went on to say that his wishes that the Rangers would go ’0-162′ were just a matter of telling a joke.

Author’s Note: I think it’s easy to buy that the ’0-162′ comment was just a joke at best and a matter of competitive nature at worst. I find it far more unlikely that Kinsler calling Jon Daniels a ‘sleazeball’ is something that can be taken out of context. As noted on MLB Network Radio, this interview happened a week before position players reported to Spring Training, a full three months after the trade occurred. This was also a planned, featured interview, in which the two parties agreed to sit down and have questions answered. ‘Sleazeball’ sounds like a comment that Kinsler wanted to get off of his chest.

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