The Tigers, who are 'open for business,' have already received trade interest in first baseman Miguel Cabrera, MLB reporter Jon Heyman wrote Nov. 7.
According to Heyman, Detroit is listening to all trade proposals and has received the most interest in 2B Ian Kinsler and outfielder J.D. Martinez, both of whom the Tigers would prefer to keep.
Detroit Tigers GM Al Avila told local reporters in early October that he will be looking to cut payroll and shake up his roster before next season.
"We want to get younger," he said. "We want to get leaner. We want to run the organization without having to go over our means."
The Mets are not locked in to their situations at first base, with Lucas Duda, and second base, which could end up going to anyone from Neil Walker to Jose Reyes to Wilmer Flores. So, if guys are available in bulk on another team, it should get Sandy Alderson's attention...
Obviously, the first guy that jumps out is Cabrera, who, at 33 years old, hit 38 home runs and .316 this past season, while playing 147 games at first base for the Tigers. He's actually slimmed down a bit and looked better in the field. He'll earn roughly $30 million each of the next SEVEN seasons.
That said, it's tempting, since Yoenis Cespedes - Lucas Duda + Cabrera actually saves a few million dollars on next year's payroll. Sure, it's fun to think about it, but, it's hard to imagine Alderson wanting any part of Cabrera in his mid 30s making $30 million at a time when Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and other home grown players are due for major increases in salary.
So, as fun as it is to imagine Miggy in Mets uniform hitting behind Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cebrera, I can't see it actually happening, especially since he'll cost talent in trade, as wel...
Kinsler is the real fit. He's got an affordable contract and coming off his best season in a Tigers uniform, so he will not come cheap. However, he's the guy I'd realistically be asking about, especially if the Mets think Neil Walker passes on the qualifying offer and keeps looking for a three-year deal.
Kinsler is a terrific, tough, all-around player, who would significantly improve Alderson's up-the-middle defense, plus he's a bargain at two years, $21 million.
Martinez, 29, is also intriguing, since he'll be a free agent after next season. He had an awesome season in 2015, with a 5.0 WAR hitting 38 home runs. However, he took a step back last season, which means Detroit would be asked to sell low on a guy they could also move during the summer.
It was 16 months ago that the Mets and Tigers hooked up on a deal that swapped Cespedes for RHP prospect Michael Fulmer. The deal worked out well for both organizations. So, given the history, Alderson's need to win now, and Detroit's desire to cut commitments, it may be time for the these two teams to talk again.