Another player the Milwaukee Brewers were connected to back in July was Ian Kinsler. It seemed as if Detroit was trying to include him in negotiations for Justin Wilson, who ended up going to Chicago. But Kinsler presents an intriguing option for Milwaukee.
Jonathan Villar hasn’t produced this year. And Eric Sogard seems to be regressing back to his career average at the plate. So with a lack of production at second base, Hernan Perez has been getting some playing time at the keystone. But he will also need to play elsewhere and this lineup could use a boost.
Ian Kinsler is a career .275 hitter, which is good, but this year his average sits around .247 and he is 35 years old already. Maybe getting the Kinsler of five years ago would be great, but the current Kinsler may be past his prime too much to contribute.
Regardless, he provides veteran leadership and has plenty of postseason experience. Which could be beneficial for this young club as we head into September and hopefully October.
The rumors are already there and he’s likely to clear waivers. He has a team option for next year and Milwaukee would only be on the hook for the remainder of this year’s salary if they decide to decline it. Given acquiring him with only a month to go in the regular season would mean his salaray wouldn’t be that large to begin with. The cost of acquiring him alone could be rather small.