If Machado can take a step forward offensively—after all, 2017 was his first extended run of action in the Major Leagues—he has a chance to surpass Iglesias’ 2016 production at the dish.
Kinsler is a bit more difficult to replace, but Detroit does have an interesting prospect waiting in the wings in Kody Eaves, who notched a .200 ISO as an infielder in each of the last two seasons at Double-A Erie.
It’s also possible Detroit could find a suitable offensive replacement at second base for Kinsler in the Rule 5 draft next month.
That being said, if the veteran second baseman isn’t traded, there’s a very real chance that he could rebound next season.
Kinsler’s offense was bogged down by a considerably-low .244 BABIP last season.
However, that didn’t stop the former Ranger from swatting 22 home runs to go along with 90 runs scored, 52 doubles and 14 stolen bases.
Even if Kinsler is traded or doesn’t rebound, the Detroit Tigers offense should just fine next season—or at the very least much improved over the putrid stats the team put up in September.