The Detroit Tigers had a quiet first day of Winter Meetings despite wanting to deal Ian Kinsler relatively soon.
The weekend before Day 1 on the Winter Meetings saw Giancarlo Stanton being traded away to the Yankees, and then the Yankees had the loudest Day 1, officially introducing Stanton as a team member.
The Tigers, on the other hand, didn’t trade Ian Kinsler, despite a strong desire to do so. Per Jason Beck of MLB.com, Al Avila said:
“In our situation right now, it behooves us to move him, a veteran player, for a prospect,” Avila said, “[and] give [Dixon] Machado an opportunity to play more often. That would be a move in line with what we’re trying to do.”
Machado was voted the 2017 Detroit Tigers Rookie of The Year, batting .259 (43-for-166) with seven extra-base hits, 17 runs scored, 11 RBIs and a .621 OPS in 181 plate appearances.
The general consensus on a Kinsler trade is that the Detroit Tigers would likely receive a mid-level prospect or a younger high-side prospect according to the Detroit Free Press.
Kinsler is coming off one of his least productive seasons in the majors and the Tigers have to contend with Josh Harrison of the Pirates and Jason Kipnis of the Indians available on the trade market.
Here are some more rumors and updates from around Day 1 of the Winter Meetings.