Detroit Tigers should make this trade with the Toronto Blue Jays

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 7: Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers singles to left field in the tenth inning for the game winning hit during the game against the Toronto Blue Jay on June 7, 2016 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Blue Jays 3-2. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JUNE 7: Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers singles to left field in the tenth inning for the game winning hit during the game against the Toronto Blue Jay on June 7, 2016 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Blue Jays 3-2. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /
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MILWAUKEE, WI – MAY 24: Devon Travis #29 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a home run in the sixth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on May 24, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI – MAY 24: Devon Travis #29 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a home run in the sixth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on May 24, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Detroit’s side of the (hypothetical) deal

In return for Kinsler and Adduci, the Detroit Tigers would receive the 35-year-old’s replacement at second base in Devon Travis.

A former Tigers prospect, Travis went to Toronto in the ill-fated Anthony Gose swap.

Hindsight is 20-20, but… well, let’s just say that trade wasn’t great and leave it at that.

While Travis has been limited in Toronto, there’s no denying his offensive upside.

He’s a lifetime .292 hitter with a .331 on-base percentage, a .462 slugging percentage and a .792 OPS.

The second baseman also owns a .340 wOBA, a 112 wRC+ and a .170 ISO in his time with the Blue Jays. His fWAR since entering the Majors? That would be 5.5.

The 26-year-old also has, per Spotrac, three years of controllability remaining.

At best, he’s a long-term piece for the Tigers at second base, providing above-average offensive production.

At worst, he’s a quality placeholder until prospects like Dawel Lugo or Isaac Paredes are ready to handle the position full time.

Travis’ inclusion in this hypothetical deal is essential seeing as outside of Lugo and perhaps Paredes, the franchise has little to no future middle infield depth.

There’s Kody Eaves, but he’s seen limited action with Triple-A Toledo and may be a year away. Elsewhere

Should Detroit trade Kinsler and Jose Iglesias, the team will be left with Dixon Machado up the middle for the next few years.

Considering Machado can’t play two positions at once, help is needed.