Derek Jeter is signing a pretty cool ball today

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Specifically, a ball that has been signed by multiple members of the 3,000-hit club, including Tris Speaker, Lou Brock, Pete Rose, Stan Musial and Ty Cobb:

I feel like, even if I was Derek Jeter, I’d be scared to death to sign that thing. Like, worried I’d smudge Ty Cobb’s name or accidentally write over the tail of the “l” at the end of Stan Musial.

I also wonder if Rafael Palmeiro’s name is on it. I sorta hope Rafael Plameiro’s name is on it and that the he accidentally wrote over the tail of the “l” at the end of Stan Musial.

Ian Kinsler could be traded this week

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Tigers general manager Al Avila said today that he may trade Ian Kinsler during the Winter Meetings.

The Tigers are rebuilding to it makes sense that they trade the veteran Kinsler. Earlier this offseason he had been linked to the Mets and Angels. There is a lot of competition for the Tigers in trading Kinsler, though, as the Marlins are thought to be shopping Starlin Castro. Neil Walker is likewise available as a free agent.

Kinsler, 35, batted .236/.313/.412 with 22 homers and 14 steals over 139 games this past season. He’s owed $11 million in 2018 in the final year of his contract. He can probably be obtained for the cost of the contract.

In other news, Kinsler wears number 3 for the Tigers, who today announced that they will retire number 3 for Alan Trammell, who was just elected to the Hall of Fame. A Kinsler trade would, at the very least, save the team an awkward conversation.