Detroit Tigers: Deals Aren’t Done for This Season
One player that would easily clear waivers for the Tigers is second baseman Ian Kinsler. He’s due the remainder of his $16 million salary for 2015 then his base salary drops for the remaining three seasons of his current deal, to $14 million in 2016 and $11 million in 2017 with a team option for $10 million in 2018.
Since July 27 Kinsler has been on fire, slashing .422/.458/.578 with an outstanding .439 BAbip. There are two teams that have crater-sized holes at second base who would also be willing to swallow the remainder of his deal.
The New York Yankees have been out-gunning the AL East all season but are beginning to hear footsteps from the recently reinforced Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees have scored 529 runs this season, second in the American League, with lineup killer Stephen Drew, and recently Brendan Ryan, platooning at second base.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are also in the thick of a division race with a Houston Astros team that has faltered at times but refused to die. They’re currently dealing with the weak-sticked Johnny Giavotella at second.
Both teams could bolster their postseason odds with Kinsler working the right side of their infields and can afford the contract. Whether they will make the attempt remains to be seen.