The Tigers are attempting to rebuild their outfield that lost Yoenis Cespedes in a trade with the Mets and is losing Rajai Davis to free agency. The Braves continue to trade more of their established major league talent after trading Andrelton Simmons to the Angels a couple of days ago. Let’s dive into how both teams fared in this deal.
Tigers Receive: OF Cameron Maybin, $1.5 million
On the Tigers: The Tigers are acquiring Maybin to replace Rajai Davis in center field. Maybin was traded to the Braves right before the 2015 season in the Craig Kimbrel deal. That year was coming off the heals of a season in which Maybin hit.235 with only one home run in 95 games. The year before that, Maybin suffered from injuries and only played in 14 games. In 2015, Maybin bounced back by playing in 141 games and hitting .267, with a single-season high in home runs with 10. He came up as a prospect with a lot of upside because of his speed and dynamic ability, however he has never really had a season to match that potential. He did steal 40 bases in 2011, but he has never hit over .270 in a season and doesn’t show that much power. Maybin’s defense, which has been his calling card throughout his career, was under league-average in the outfield which is somewhat concerning. But I do think that Maybin had a nice bounce back year and can be an adequate replacement for Rajai Davis, which still leaves room for the Tigers to replace Yoenis Cespedes with a middle of the order bat in free agency or through a trade. The Tigers also did not give up much for Maybin, but the downside is they still have to pay $6.5 million this season with a $9 million club option for 2017. Maybin isn’t a game changing addition for the Tigers, but he could fit in nicely at the top of Detroit’s batting order, or in the bottom of the order at the worst. Overall, a solid deal for the Tigers.
On the Braves: This seems like another salary dump for the Braves, which isn’t a bad thing per say, but I can’t help but feel that they could have gotten more value out of the center fielder. Maybin was a solid contributor last year and there are many teams in need of outfield help. The Braves are saving about $6.5 million which is good for a team that seems to be in full-on rebuilding mode. I believe that they sell a couple more pieces before this offseason is over as well. In terms of what they got back, it’s pretty underwhelming. Relief pitcher Ian Krol has a good arm, but hasn’t really had much success in the major leagues as of yet because of his high walk rate, which was 5.5 walks per nine innings last year. Krol has a chance to contribute at the major league level because of his good pitching arsenal, but he needs to control his pitches better if he wants his stats to improve. Speier is a Single-A reliever that doesn’t have that much upside, and isn’t really expected to make an impact at the major league level. Overall, this was more of a salary dump for the Braves as they continue to rebuild their team, but I just think that they should have waited to trade Maybin until the trade deadline because if he was playing pretty well they could have gotten better value in a deal.