In a surprising development, Padres second baseman Ian Kinsler has decided to retire, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). He’ll move into the San Diego front office in an as-yet-unknown capacity.
Precisely what will happen to the $4.25MM he’s owed under the contract he inked last winter remains to be seen — and will be subject to negotiations between the team and its now-former player.
Kinsler, 37, wraps up a 14-year career with borderline Hall-of-Fame credentials. He tallied a hefty 57.2 rWAR in his career, tied for 140th among all MLB players, and logged overall statistics that put him ahead of some Hall-worthy second baggers. Now begins a five-year waiting period to see whether Kinsler will gain traction among voters.
Of more immediate concern is the impact on the Padres roster. Kinsler wasn’t clogging up a ton of payroll space but would’ve occupied an active roster spot and commanded a decent amount of playing time. Now, the path is cleared all the more…