Ken Rosenthal reports that Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler has been placed on revocable trade waivers. Rosenthal adds that the Brewers are interested in Kinsler, but they are on his 10-team no-trade list. Kinsler’s waivers expire at 1 PM ET on Thursday.
Kinsler, 35, has hit .245/.324/.388 with 10 home runs and 30 RBI in 420 plate appearances this season. If he is willing to waive his no-trade protection, the Brewers could certainly use the upgrade as Jonathan Villar has put up a .605 OPS and Eric Sogard has a .199 OPS in 12 games since coming off of the disabled list on July 22.
Kinsler is owed the remainder of his $11 million salary for the 2017 season and has a $10 million club option for the 2018 season with a $5 million buyout.
Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.
Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.