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Former Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler, who had 10 teams on his no-trade clause, was only willing to accept a trade to the Angels -- where he was dealt on Wednesday night -- reports Anthony French of the Detroit Free Press.
The Tigers had also exchanged names with the Mets, Brewers, and Giants in discussions for Kinsler, but forced the Tigers to deal him to the Angels or wait until July, French explained.
The Mets will now turn to other options like Jason Kipnis, Josh Harrison, and Cesar Hernandez in their search for a second baseman, but Starlin Castro is "not in the mix," reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone said late Monday that the two teams were on the same page when it came to swapping players, but had to agree on how would be responsible for Kinsler's $11 million salary.
The Mets arrived at the MLB Winter Meetings having already held trade talks with Detroit about Kinsler, as well has having talked to the Indians about Kipnis, Marc Carig reported Sunday.
According to Cerrone, it was widely believed that the Tigers were eager to trade Kinsler prior to Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.
The Mets have checked in on A's 2B Jed Lowrie, "but teams don't appear to match up for a trade," the NY Post's Mike Puma said Tuesday afternoon on Twitter. Cerrone wrote Monday night that the A's were again open to dealing Lowrie, who they chose to retain a month ago by picking up his $6 million option.
Free-agent Neil Walker is seeking a four-year deal, FanRag's Jon Heyman tweeted Tuesday.
The only way Walker gets more than a two-year deal is if the Mets or Angels believe he's worth signing this week for fear trade prices will remain up as other teams enter the market for a second base man, Cerrone later added on Twitter.