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Report: Tigers, Dodgers have discussed Ian Kinsler

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CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 13: Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field on June 13, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

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MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers and Dodgers have had discussions about a potential Ian Kinsler trade. As Morosi notes, Kinsler has a partial no-trade clause.

Kinsler, 34, has one year and $16 million remaining on his contract. He’ll earn $11 million in 2017. In 2018, his controlling team has a $10 million club option with a $5 million buyout clause. The veteran had an outstanding 2016 campaign, batting .288/.348/.484 with 28 home runs, 83 RBI, 117 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 679 plate appearances.

The Dodgers need a second baseman after losing Chase Utley to free agency and trading Howie Kendrick to the Phillies. Morosi adds that the Tigers are interested in Dodgers 1B/OF prospect Cody Bellinger, rated as the organization’s best prospect by MLB Pipeline.

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