Detroit Tigers best remaining trade chips following Verlander and Upton deals

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DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 24: Shane Greene #61 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates a 10-6 win over the New York Yankees with James McCann #34 at Comerica Park on August 24, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 24: Shane Greene #61 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates a 10-6 win over the New York Yankees with James McCann #34 at Comerica Park on August 24, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 07: Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers turns a double play against the Pittsburgh Pirates during interleague play at PNC Park on August 7, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

2 Ian Kinsler

If deciding between Greene and Kinsler in terms of which player possessed superior trade value took place a year ago, Kinsler would checked in first.

Now, with Kinsler in the midst of a down year offensively and Greene thriving in the bullpen, the result is flipped.

Despite hitting just .239 with a .718 OPS, Kinsler still leads all current Detroit Tigers position players with a 2.2 WAR.

Defense and base running

This is largely due continued defensive excellence from Kinsler.

The second baseman is currently sporting a 9.3 UZR/150 to go along with a +7 DRS. He’s also been one of the team’s better base runners with a 2.7 BsR.

What’s more, there’s reason to believe Kinsler’s offense will pick up again. He’s improved his walk rate and lowered his strikeout percentage in 2017, and his sporting a rather unlucky .255 BABIP.

As of late, the trade market has seen the value of pitchers skyrocket, with position players’ value trending downwards.

Tigers fans know this all too well, as Detroit wasn’t able to get as much in a deal for J.D. Martinez as the team would have—say—two or three years ago.

That being said, Kinsler is still capable of making an impact. Since 2013 he’s hasn’t logged a WAR south of 2.5 in a full season.

Because of that and an affordable contract (per Spotrac) Kinsler has a $10 million team option for next season), the second baseman could be one of the better position player trade chips in the league.

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