Second baseman Ian Kinsler has agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract with the Padres, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The deal includes a club option for 2021.
Kinsler, 36, is the second defection from the Red Sox this week, joining righty Joe Kelly, who agreed to a three-year deal with the Dodgers. The Sox did not make an effort to retain Kinsler, as they are counting on a healthy Dustin Pedroia to man second base next season.
Kinsler also drew interest from the Tigers, Brewers, Nationals and Athletics before choosing the Padres, who spend spring training in his native Arizona. Rosenthal reports that the veteran will provide mentorship for top prospects Luis Urias and Fernando Tatis Jr. while providing some depth at second base and even seeing time at third base.
Kinsler, who was acquired from the Angels at the trade deadline, hit .242/.294/.311 with one homer in 37 games with the Red Sox. He started eight postseason games, hitting .206 with three RBIs and winning his first World Series ring after losing the championship series twice while with the Rangers earlier in his career.
The Red Sox have retained two of their four free agents who have agreed to deals this winter, re-signing Steve Pearce and Nathan Eovaldi while seeing Kinsler and Kelly head west. Reliever Craig Kimbrel, lefty Drew Pomeranz and infielder Brandon Phillips remain unsigned.