Report: Brewers interested in Detroit 2B Ian Kinsler

Milwaukee may be in a bit of a free fall, but the team is apparently still looking to make moves to help its chances to win the NL Central and get back to the playoffs for the first time in six years.

The latest evidence comes from ESPN’s Buster Olney, who tweeted Saturday morning that the club was digging into the possibility of acquiring Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler. The 35-year-old is batting just .244 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs. A four-time all-star, Kinsler won a Gold Glove a year ago for the Tigers.

Milwaukee’s interest in the second baseman comes as regular starter Jonathan Villar continues to struggle at the plate, hitting just .223 with eight homers and 30 RBIs. Backup Eric Sogard, who was playing well before an injury on the 4th of July put him on the disabled list, is expected to return for the club on Saturday night in Philadelphia.

Kinsler is the third Tigers player the Brewers have reportedly been interested in acquiring, joining starter Justin Verlander and reliever Justin Wilson.

The Brewers have lost six straight games and have seen their 5.5 game lead in the NL Central shrink to just one game on the Chicago Cubs since the all-star break.

Report: Brewers showing interest in former Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander

According to Bleacher Report, the Brewers are now showing interest in another Detroit Tigers pitcher, Justin Verlander. Earlier this July, the Brewers were reported to have interest in Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray. This may have changed since the Houston Astros are now being named as the team aggressively trying to acquire Gray. Verlander is the second Tigers pitcher the Brewers have been reported to have an interest in. Tigers closer Justin Wilson was the other pitcher the Brewers were rumored to be interested in earlier today.

Verlander would be under contract until after the 2019 season, one thing the Brewers organization is looking for. He is due a substantial amount of money over the rest of his career, 67 million over the next two plus seasons. Verlander, 34, is struggling this season after posting a great season last year, where he arguably should have won the Cy Young Award. He is 5-7 with an ERA of 4.54 and a WHIP of 1.47. In 117 innings this season, he has struck out 111 and walked 55 batters.

The Detroit Tigers will be looking to acquire a haul of prospects for the  six -time All-Star. The Brewers may have to give up more than the want to to acquire an aging pitcher, who hasn’t had consistent success since 2013. Brewers fans will have to wait and see what moves David Stearns and the Brewers organization make by the non-waiver trade deadline.