Tigers Don’t Anticipate Additional Additions
The Tigers have added just a few modestly priced veteran free brokers to a staff that misplaced 114 video games and simply completed final within the majors a season in the past. At this level, Detroit’s not anticipating any extra acquisitions earlier than the season, normal supervisor Al Avila urged Thursday (by way of Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic).
“I’d say so,” Avila stated when requested if Detroit’s Wednesday signing of outfielder Cameron Maybin can be its final notable pickup.
The Tigers have seemed like speculative matches for outfielder Yasiel Puig, who’s nonetheless with out a job, but it surely formally seems he’ll must look elsewhere. Avila already shot down a possible Puig signing weeks in the past. Now, between the reunion with the ex-Tiger Maybin and Avila’s feedback, they’ll most likely be scratched off Puig’s record of attainable employers. They’re as an alternative relying on Maybin, whom they reeled in for $1.5MM, to take pleasure in a second straight profitable marketing campaign and maybe tackle an on a regular basis function, as Stavenhagen writes (subscription hyperlink).
The 32-year-old Maybin has bounced round because the Tigers took him 10th general within the 2005 draft, enduring his share of ups and downs alongside the best way. He needed to accept minor league offers with the Giants and Indians earlier than final season, however an April commerce to the Yankees might have revived his profession. Maybin was an unsung hero on an injury-riddled New York membership, as a extra fly ball-oriented method helped him to a .285/.364/.494 with 11 house runs in 269 plate appearances.
Maybin turned the fifth veteran to affix the Tigers on a one-year contract since final season ended. The membership beforehand signed first baseman C.J. Cron, second baseman Jonathan Schoop, catcher Austin Romine and right-hander Ivan Nova. There might not be a world-beater within the bunch, however these stopgaps ought to not less than make Detroit extra aggressive this season. And the staff does have just a few gifted starters (a few of whom aren’t but within the majors however might be quickly) who might mix to provide the membership an honest rotation. Matt Boyd, Spencer Turnbull and Daniel Norris are available on the MLB degree; Michael Fulmer ought to make it again from Tommy John surgical procedure in the summertime; Nova’s a suitable back-end innings-eater; and Casey Mize and Matt Manning are two of the highest prospects within the recreation. With all of that stated, the Tigers ought to be a harder out in 2020.