DETROIT, MI - JULY 15: Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers rounds third base after hitting a solo home run to left field during the first inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals on July 15, 2016 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Report: Ian Kinsler could be a fallback option for Dodgers

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According to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, Tigers’ infielder Ian Kinsler could be a “possible fallback option” for the Dodgers if talks with Twins’ second baseman Brian Dozier continue to stall. This isn’t the first time the two have been connected, as the Dodgers reportedly made inquiries on Kinsler as early as last November. The Twins are rumored to be on the fence about dealing Dozier, however, which could up the Dodgers’ interest in working out a trade with the Tigers.

Kinsler, 34, polished off another productive season in 2016, racking up 5.8 fWAR while slashing .288/.348/.484 with 28 home runs in 679 PA. Aside from his sizable contributions at the plate, part of his appeal lies in his contract, which guarantees him $11 million for the 2017 season with a $10 million option (and $5 million buyout) for 2018. Although his salary figure shouldn’t break the bank, the Dodgers have reason to be wary, as Kinsler previously stated that he is unwilling to waive his partial no-trade clause without a contract extension.

Despite the potential difficulty in making a deal with the Dodgers, who happen to be one of the 10 teams on Kinsler’s no-trade list, no other teams have been seriously linked to the second baseman this winter. The Tigers are still looking to shed a hefty portion of their payroll, and Cafardo notes that they might also consider moving shortstop Jose Iglesias this winter in order to get under the luxury tax threshold.

Twins sign Ryan Vogelsong to a minor league deal

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 23:  Ryan Vogelsong #14 of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers a pitch in the first inning during the game against the Colorado Rockiesmat PNC Park on May 23, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
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The Twins have signed Ryan Vogelsong to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Vogelsong missed over two months last season after being hit in the face by a pitch. He didn’t pitch all that well when he was healthy, though, posting a 4.81 ERA and 61/41 K/BB ratio over 82.1 innings with the Pirates. He’s 39 but he could probably still eat innings for a non-contender, so Minnesota is probably a good landing spot for him.

Athletics sign Trevor Plouffe

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 13:  Trevor Plouffe #25 of the Minnesota Twins rounds the bases after hitting a 3 run home run in the third inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 13, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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The Athletics have signed free agent third baseman Trevor Plouffe, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The deal is pending a physical. Financial details are not yet known.

Plouffe, 30, had an injury-shortened 2016 campaign, finishing with a .260/.303/.420 triple-slash line along with 12 home runs and 47 RBI in 344 plate appearances. He was limited to 84 games due to an intercostal strain and a fractured rib.

Plouffe, who hits right-handed, is likely to take the lion’s share of playing time at third base. Ryon Healy may shift across the diamond and share time at first base with Yonder Alonso. The club hasn’t announced anything officially yet, and spring training is likely to provide more clarity on that situation.