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The Latest Brandon Inge Rumor

UPDATE (4:30 p.m.): Jayson Stark posted an item about Brandon Inge on the Winter Meetings Blog:

4:03 p.m., from Jayson Stark

• After announcing the Miguel Cabrera trade Wednesday, the Tigers said they weren't sure whether they were going to trade Brandon Inge or keep him and make him a super-utility guy. Well, looks like they've figured that out. Clubs that spoke to the Tigers on Thursday report that they are telling clubs looking for a third baseman that he is available. The buzz is that at least two of those teams -- the Dodgers and Phillies -- have already said no. But the Tigers still appear to believe there's a market for Inge down the road.

On his blog, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Todd Zolecki posted that the Phillies explored the possibility of trading for Brandon Inge yesterday:

The Phillies kicked around third baseman Brandon Inge's name yesterday. Inge is available after the Detroit Tigers acquired Miguel Cabrera from the Florida Marlins. But Inge is owed $19.1 million over the next three seasons, which could dampen any exploration of a deal.

You have to think Inge's contract could be a hang-up with several teams that could be otherwise interested. If they're serious about dealing Inge, they could very well have to pick up some of that money.