Report: Tigers, Dodgers have discussed Ian Kinsler

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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.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.