Detroit Tigers should make this trade with the Toronto Blue Jays
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.