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Detroit Tigers: Six Players Who Could Improve Infield for Present, Future

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May 25, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera (37) celebrates with second baseman Cesar Hernandez (16) and shortstop Freddy Galvis (13) after the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Phillies win 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
May 25, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera (37) celebrates with second baseman Cesar Hernandez (16) and shortstop Freddy Galvis (13) after the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Phillies win 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 26, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) watches a ball he hit go into the stand for a grand slam in the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 26, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) watches a ball he hit go into the stand for a grand slam in the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports /

Wilmer Flores

Age: 25
Positions: Third Base, Shortstop, Second Base and First Base
2016 Team: New York Mets
2016 WAR: 0.5
Controllable Through: 2019

The New York Mets currently have a log jam around the infield. As of now, the team has Lucas Duda, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes and T.J. Rivera penciled in as potential starters. There’s also utility options Matt Reynolds, Ty Kelly and Eric Campbell, as well as top prospect Gavin Cecchini.

This is all without mentioning the injured David Wright, as well as potential free agents Neil Walker and James Loney.

With all the depth, Wilmer Flores may conceivably be attainable in a potential trade.

This is good news for the Detroit Tigers, as Flores would be another ideal addition.

Able to play all four infield positons, Flores impressed in just 103 games for the Mets last season. The infielder collected 49 RBI, 16 home runs and 14 doubles. The 25-year-old, who is controllable through 2019, also turned in a .202 ISO.

By comparison, Ian Kinsler and Victor Martinez posted respective ISO numbers of .196 and .186 in 2016.

The Mets, like many teams, would be a potential trade fit for J.D. Martinez should one or both of Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce move on.

Detroit has had previous success when trading for young Mets players in the past (see Fulmer, Michael), so perhaps a deal sending Martinez to New York for Flores and other young pieces could work.

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