Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto is going through some change at the moment. Edwin Encarnacion departed last offseason, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Jose Bautista leave town this winter.
Per the folks at Spotrac, Bautista has a mutual option on his contract for next season.
That being said, the Blue Jays could use a definite upgrade at second base.
All told, Toronto second baseman finished 29th in WAR with a -0.8. Only the Rangers with a -1.1 number were worse.
One hypothetical trade scenario would see Detroit send Kinsler to Toronto as a place holder for Bo Bichette at second base.
In said hypothetical trade, the Tigers would net Devon Travis and a lower level prospect for Kinsler.
Detroit fans are likely plenty familiar with Travis.
A former Tigers farmhand, the second baseman was flipped to the Blue Jays in a trade for Anthony Gose.
Hindsight is obviously 20-20, but Travis has shown plenty of offensive ability in his three seasons in Toronto.
Two of his first three years in the big leagues saw the ex-Detroit prospect turn in WAR numbers of 2.3 and 2.6 respectively.
Additionally, his wRC+ numbers over the first two seasons checked in at 136 and 110.
However, Travis has seen the field in just 213 games since the start of 2015 due to injuries.
Kinsler would provide the Jays with more stability up the middle
The veteran hasn’t played fewer than 135 games in a season since 2010. He’d also add some extra power to an already potent Toronto lineup.