Tigers talk Kinsler trade at GM Meetings – MLB.com

“I had several conversations before coming here [regarding Kinsler]. Before leaving here, I’ll probably have a few more,” Avila told reporters Monday at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Orlando, Fla. “I don’t expect anything to get done here. We’ll see how it carries over into the Winter Meetings [next month]. Every team has a different situation, so depending on how other teams are going to react, then we’ll react.”

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That’s usually how these meetings work, laying the foundation for discussions to continue into the larger setting of the Winter Meetings. Though the Tigers have jumped the market and swung deals at the GM Meetings in past years, they’re taking a patient approach.

Avila did not want to get into the particulars of the market, but considering the Tigers have discussed trades involving Kinsler since last offseason, they know the market and the potential destinations well. Teams linked to interest in Kinsler last summer, including the Angels and Brewers, still have openings at second base.

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Ian Kinsler lays out to make a diving play, robbing Greg Allen of a hit in the bottom of the 8th inning

Meanwhile, two factors have changed with the Tigers. First, the August trades of Justin Upton and Justin Verlander have put the team in full rebuilding mode. Second, the Tigers lost a middle infielder last week when the Mariners claimed utilityman Andrew Romine off waivers.

Romine’s situation, Avila said, was independent of Kinsler’s status, as well as shortstop Jose Iglesias.

“We just made a decision [to take Romine off the roster],” Avila said. “At this point, you take the risk of somebody claiming him, but we’re not really looking at it that way. We basically wanted to clear the

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