The Mets have talked to the Tigers about second baseman Ian Kinsler, an industry source confirmed. The talks were described as “preliminary” and doing their “due diligence,” the source said, confirming a report by MLB Network’s Jon Morosi. The Tigers have also had talks with the Angels about the second baseman and are drawing interest from several teams, according to reports. Kinsler, 35, hit .236 with 22 home runs and 52 RBI in 139 games for the Tigers last season. One of the veteran assets remaining on a team that has shifted its focus to rebuilding and the future, the Tigers would like to move his $11 million salary for 2018. And while the Mets are in the market for a second baseman, that salary — and what they could send back in terms of prospects — could be an obstacle, the industry source said. The Mets have indicated that their 2018 Opening Day payroll will be lower than the $154 million they opened 2017 with. The Mets, who sent Michael Fulmer to the Tigers in 2015 for Yoenis Cespedes, also don’t have many near major-league ready prospects to help swing some deals this offseason. They have holes in the outfield and bullpen to fill as well this winter.
Mets engage in preliminary trade talks with Tigers regarding Ian Kinsler
New York Daily News | Nov 21