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Tigers' Ian Kinsler ranked No. 4 2B in majors by Olney

The Detroit News

The Tigers' Ian Kinsler is the fourth-best second basemen in the majors for overall play, according to ESPN expert Buster Olney.

The top three in Olney's opinion, in order, are Robinson Cano, Dustin Pedroia and Jose Altuve.

Olney earlier this week said the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera was the No. 2 first baseman, behind the Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt.

Olney on Kinsler: "He went to the Tigers on a mission to get better, losing weight during the offseason, and he had a strong season, hitting .275, with 61 extra-base hits, 15 stolen bases and 100 runs. Kinsler led all second basemen with 20 Defensive Runs Saved. Kinsler was still worth 5.5 WAR, the third-best mark of his career, despite posting what was arguably the second-worst offensive season of his career."

Buster Olney's top second basemen:

1. Robinson Cano, Mariners

2. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox

3. Jose Altuve

4. Ian Kinsler, Tigers

5. Ben Zobrist, Rays

6. Jason Kipnis, Indians

7. Chase Utley, Phillies

8. Neil Walker, Pirates

9. Howie Kendrick, Angels

10. Brian Dozier, Twins

Here is Olney's complete analysis on his list (pay site).