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Ian Kinsler seems to be generating some interest from the Brewers

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Ian Kinsler

Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler is the latest Tigers player to generate trade interest as the MLB non-waiver deadline looms.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Milwaukee Brewers are “digging into” the possibility of acquiring Kinsler while MLBTradeRumors.com speculates that a Kinsler deal could be one of three possible trade scenarios with the Tigers Milwaukee is mulling over. The other two involve starter Justin Verlander and closer Justin Wilson.

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal further speculated that the Brewers’ interest in Kinsler could “hinge on the health” of Eric Sogard whose currently returning from an ankle injury. Sogard’s .331/.438/.485 slash line through 162 plate appearances is far better than Kinsler’s .244/.324/.397 and much better than what current Milwaukee second baseman Jonathan Villar is posting (.223/.287/.350).

As far as the return for Kinsler it can’t be assumed that the veteran infielder will net a huge haul. Aside from Kinsler’s mediocre numbers this season, the market for a second baseman at the deadline is pretty light. In fact the Brewers’ latest interest in the Tigers’ second baseman is really the first since this past offseason when the Dodgers were contemplating making a move.

Meanwhile Kinsler’s contract isn’t debilitating, especially for a small market team like the Brewers. The infielder is making $11 million this season and has a $5 million buyout or $10 million option for next year.

 

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