The Mets and Tigers have had preliminary talks regarding a trade for Ian Kinsler, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports and MLB Network. One of the main goals of the Mets’ offseason will be to acquire a second baseman, whether that is via free agency or trade, and it appears Kinsler is one of those options. In David Wright’s absence, it sounds like Asdrubal Cabrera will be the team’s regular third baseman to begin the 2018 season.
The 36-year-old Kinsler is coming off an off year, during which he hit .236 with a .313 on base percentage and 22 home runs for the Tigers. He still graded out as a good defender at second with +6 defensive runs saved. If the Mets were to acquire Kinsler, they would be hoping he bounced back to 2016 form, when he hit .288 with a .348 on base percentage and 28 home runs and +12 defensive runs saved. Kinsler has one year left on his contract at $11 million.