“We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged,” Detroit general manager Al Avila said to Beck. “We just can’t agree.”
A four-time All-Star, Kinsler struggled mightily on offense while hitting out of the leadoff spot for Detroit last year. The 35-year-old had a career-worst slash line of .236/.313/.412 while playing in 139 games. He also posted a 2.1 WAR, which was the worst for him since his rookie season in 2006. In his previous three seasons, he had a WAR above 5.7, has batted over .275 and has been either an All-Star, a vote-getter on the AL MVP ballot or a Gold Glove winner.
The 2018 campaign will mark his 13th season and the final one of Kinsler’s 5-year, $75 million extension signed in 2013 with the Rangers. Kinsler is owed $11 million million after his option vested for having over 600 plate appearances in 2017.
The Tigers have a future successor at second in Dawel Lugo, which makes it imperative for them to get a good return on Kinsler.