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Report: Kinsler, J.D. Could Be First Tigers To Go

By: Will Burchfield

When baseball's Winter Meetings begin next week in Maryland, several Tigers will be worth keeping an eye on.

J.D. Martinez and Ian Kinsler, in particular.

According to's Jeff Passan, Martinez and Kinsler are the two Tigers drawing the most interest on the trade market as the organization prepares for an offseason of cutting costs.

Martinez, 29, hit .307 in 2016 with 22 HR and 68 RBI in 120 games, posting an offensive-WAR* of 4.1. He will make $11.75 million next season after which he will become a free agent.

Kinsler, 34, hit .288 in 2016 with 28 HR and 83 RBI in 153 games, posting an offensive-WAR of 6.1. He will make $14 million next season with a team option of $11 million for 2018.

Both players are bonafide bargains, and valuable trade chips as a result. If the Tigers intend to deal either of them, it would behoove them to do so now - particularly in the case of Martinez, who looks headed for a serious payday in 2017.

Of the teams interested in Martinez, the Giants have been mentioned the most.

Earlier on Friday, Jon Morosi reported that the Phillies are in on Martinez as well.

All of these rumors should be taken with a great of salt, of course. Just yesterday, it was reported that Justin Wilson was the hottest Tiger on the trade market.


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