While Detroit Tigers GM Al Avila recently told local reporters he will be looking to cut payroll and shake up his roster before next season, Detroit Free Press reporter Anthony Fenech believes the Tigers have no interest in trading 2B Ian Kinsler and RHP Justin Verlander.
"We want to get younger," Avila said two weeks ago. "We want to get leaner. We want to run the organization without having to go over our means."
Kinsler, 34, who hit .288 with 28 home runs and 83 RBIs this season, will earn just $21 million over the next two years and be eligible for free agency after the 2018 season.
The Mets technically need a second baseman. Meanwhile, Kinsler has an affordable contract and is coming off his best season in a Tigers uniform, so he will not come cheap. Nevertheless, he's the guy the Mets should ask about if they were to talk with the Tigers, especially if they think Neil Walker will demand a three-year deal.
Kinsler is a terrific, tough, all-around player. He'd significantly improve Sandy Alderson's up-the-middle defense. He's a winner and a bargain at that dollar value. But in listening to Avila's comments, Fenech says, "without those two players, there is not much hope" of the Tigers being contenders in 2017. At the very least, Kinsler will clearly cost a fortune in a potential trade.