The Dodgers and Tigers have discussed a trade that would send Ian Kinsler to Los Angeles, according to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi.
Morosi adds Kinsler might be an “ideal” option for the Dodgers because of his success against left-handed pitching, and the Tigers could seek prospect Cody Bellinger in a potential trade.
Los Angeles has a clear need at second base, and a trade makes sense for the Tigers, who since the end of the season have expressed interest in decreasing their payroll. However, Kinsler has a partial no-trade clause, according to Morosi, and the Dodgers are considering several options to fill their hole at second base.
Kinsler, 34, had a productive season with the Tigers, batting .288/.348/.484 with 28 home runs and 83 RBIs. He is due $11 million next season and could be a long-term option for the Dodgers because his contract includes an option for 2018.
The Dodgers’ lineup struggled against left-handed pitchers last season, but Kinsler batted .306 against lefties in 2016 and could emerge as a valuable leadoff option.
Though the Dodgers are reportedly interested in Kinsler, they might not be willing to part with Bellinger, a versatile first base and outfield option who has proven to be a power threat at every minor league level. Bellinger is ranked 31st on MLB.com’s list of baseball’s best 100 prospects.
If the Dodgers and Tigers are unable to agree to a deal or Kinsler doesn’t want to waive his no-trade rights, there are other available second baseman Los Angeles can turn to. Brandon Phillips is reportedly open to waiving his no-trade clause, and Phillies infielder Cesar Hernandez is a likely trade candidate after the club acquired Howie Kendrick.