The San Diego Padres on Thursday signed veteran infielder Ian Kinsler to a two-year, $8 million deal. But to make room on the 40-man roster, the club designated veteran left-hander Clayton Richard for assignment.
The move was intended to bolster the Friars’ infield, which was in dire need of help. Kinsler will play second base while rookie Luis Urias to play shortstop until the No. 1 prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. arrives at in the big leagues sometime in the next season.
When Tatis arrives, Urias will likely move to second base and Kinsler will serve as a utility option and possibly play third base.
Kinsler, a four-time All-Star, will make $3.75 million in each of the next two seasons with a $3.5 million option for a third season and a $500,000 buyout.
The 36-year-old split last season between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Boston Red Sox, where he won his second career Gold Glove Award on the way to helping the Red Sox win the World Series.