2017 was a difficult season for Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis.
The 30-year-old was limited to just 90 games played in the regular season due to shoulder and hamstring injuries. When he returned to the Tribe lineup during the team's stretch run to the playoffs, he looked like he was to become a man without a position. During Kipnis' absence, the Indians shifted Jose Ramirez to second with a platoon of Yandy Diaz and Giovanny Urshela at third.
Kipnis returned to the everday lineup when Bradley Zimmer's season-ending broken hand created a need at center field. The former minor league outfielder stepped in and performed admirably in a difficult situation.
Rumors were rampant all off-season that the two-time All-Star was on the trading block. In fact, Jon Heyman of the MLB Network reported that the Tribe and Mets had a deal in place to send Kipnis to the Big Apple. The trade ultimately didn't go through and for now, Kipnis remains an Indian.
This week, Kipnis took a few minutes to talk with Channel 3's Dave Chudowsky at Spring Training in Goodyear. He was asked by Chud about how he reacted to the news that he was nearly traded by the Indians. "Your initial reaction is a human one, I think. You're offended by it," Kipnis said. "But then you have to take a step back and look at things the way the front office does. It's a business. Once I understood it that way, I stopped wasting energy on being mad about it and put the energy towards getting better."
Watch Dave Chudowsky's complete interview with Jason Kipnis in the player above