Closer look at Inge

Came across an interesting little rumor today. The Detroit Tigers will reportedly move third baseman Brandon Inge through waivers sometime this week with the possibility of trading him.

MLBTradeRumors.com speculates the Minnesota Twins are the first team that could have interest in him, despite how well Danny Valencia has played.

Valencia has done well enough where the Twins would not add Inge to supplant him at third base. But Inge could be a nice bench player on a contending team. He’s in the final year of a four-year, $24 million contract, so there isn’t much left owed to him.

Inge is hitting just .252 with seven homers this season, one year after hitting 27 homers. So his numbers are down. But he ranks as a solid defensive option at third base, though not quite what he used to be.

And Inge has had versatility. As recently as 2008, Inge started 12 games in center field and 56 games at catcher. His catcher days are now on an emergency-only basis, but playing all of these positions at least shows that he’s a good athlete who has an understanding of the game from a lot of different positions.

Would Detroit trade Inge to an intra-division rival? That I don’t know. But they have to figure he’s a free agent after the season anyway, so why not get some prospects from a division rival?

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