Ian Kinsler for Matt Thaiss
For the Angels to give up their third-best prospect (according to MLB.com’s Pipeline) the Tigers would have to chip in a good portion of Kinsler’s contract.
However, Thaiss is a very intriguing prospect who could slot into the Tigers future plans as soon as 2019.
The first baseman was taken 16th-overall in the 2016 draft out of Virginia and made it all the way up to Double-A last year where he slashed .292/.412/.388 with a 136 wRC+ in 221 plate appearances.
Thaiss hasn’t hit for power yet, but he projects to be a power hitting left-hander who can play first base. The Angels have a number of 1B/DH types with Albert Pujols locked up through 2021, per Spotrac, and C.J. Cron, Luis Valbuena and Jefry Marte also on hand.
For the Angels they would be parting with a top prospect that does not have a clear role on the team going forward, and would likely be getting Kinsler on the cheap if the Tigers helped cover some of the $11M remaining on his contract.