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Detroit Tigers: Milwaukee Brewers are ideal trade partner if Ian Kinsler is dealt

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DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 14: Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers hits a solo home run against the Chicago White Sox during the ninth inning at Comerica Park on September 14, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. The White Sox defeated the Tigers 17-7. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 14: Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers hits a solo home run against the Chicago White Sox during the ninth inning at Comerica Park on September 14, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. The White Sox defeated the Tigers 17-7. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
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MILWAUKEE, WI – AUGUST 30: Keon Broxton #23 of the Milwaukee Brewers catches a fly ball to end the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park on August 30, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI – AUGUST 30: Keon Broxton #23 of the Milwaukee Brewers catches a fly ball to end the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park on August 30, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Milwaukee’s best trade chips

Jesus Aguilar

Somewhat of a platoon complement to Eric Thames last season at first base, Aguilar logged a .889 OPS and 12 extra-base hits in 115 plate appearances versus left-handed pitching.

The ex-Cleveland prospect also added an .806 OPS against right-handed pitching in 196 plate appearances.

Overall, the 27-year-old hit .265 with a .331 on-base percentage, a .505 slugging percentage, an .837 OPS and a 0.9 fWAR.

He also turned in a 112 wRC+, a .351 wOBA and a .240 ISO that finished tied for third on a Brewers team loaded with Power threats.

Controllable, per Spotrac, through 2022, Aguilar’s arrival in Detroit would allow Miguel Cabrera to move off first base to designated hitter and help extend his career in the process.

Keon Broxton

Another one of Milwaukee’s many sluggers, Broxton could eventually find himself on the outside looking in regarding the team’s outfield picture.

Despite showcasing an intriguing blend of power (.200 ISO, 20 home runs) and speed (21 stolen bases), the outfielder is one of a number of options for Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell.

Ryan Braun and his contract are entrenched in left field, while Domingo Santana mashed 30 home runs as the team’s primary right fielder in 2017.

There’s also Brett Phillips, who managed a 1.0 fWAR and a .351 on-base percentage in his first 98 Major League plate appearances last year.

This is all without mentioning elite prospect Lewis Brinson, who could be starting in the near future—or Villar and Perez who can also see time in the outfield grass if need be.

In Detroit, Broxton would not only provide the Detroit Tigers with a stop-gap option while Christin Stewart, Daz Cameron and Derek Hill develop.

What’s more, the Milwaukee outfielder could also slot in next to the prospects in the Comerica Park outfield in the future considering (according to Spotrac), he’s also controllable through 2022.

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