By the time next offseason rolls around, Detroit should have even more financial flexibility to play with.
In the event that they aren’t traded before then, both Kinsler and Iglesias’ contracts will come off the books next winter—as will Victor Martinez’ deal.
The designated hitter is slated to make $18 million, per the folks at Spotrac, next season.
That money coming off the books should help Detroit deal with a number of prominent arbitration raises.
Next offseason will also signal a change in Jordan Zimmermann’s contract, according to Spotrac.
The starting pitcher’s salary will rise from $24 million in 2018 to $25 million in both 2019 and 2020.
That being said, his full no-trade clause will shift to what Spotrac terms as a “10 team trade approval list.”
In terms of trying to offload Zimmermann’s contract via trade, that potentially removes a few hurdles.
The veteran still has to rebound in order to have trade value after two down seasons in Detroit, but there could be a window for the Tigers to eventually trade him.