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Tigers, Dodgers have discussed Ian Kinsler trade

Kinsler might be headed to Los Angeles.

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The Dodgers and Tigers have discussed a trade that would send Ian Kinsler to Los Angeles, according to’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’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.