Five ways the Detroit Tigers can replace Cameron Maybin in center field
Much as his old boss, Dave Dombrowski had brought his now infamous list of pitching prospects to a press conference as a visual aid, new Tigers general manager and vice president of baseball operations Al Avila showed off his own prop at the most recent gathering with the media.
In his end of season news conference, Avila plopped down an inches thick binder of information on the table in front of him, referring to the work from every member of the front office that had gone into putting it together a week earlier.
While he didn show off the contents as Dombrowski hadn when displaying the list of prospects he inquired about, when shopping Doug Fister for trade a few offseasons back Avila did explain, in general, what the binder contained. It was a comprehensive listing of all MLB personnel and prospects, much of it aimed at figuruing out which teams might be willing to match up with Tigers in deals.
And who they might offer up.
Now that the Tigers have made one foray into the trade market, unloading Cameron Maybin salary on the Angels, after picking up his $9 million club option for 2017, that binder comes into play even more.
Now, the Tigers have to figure out what they going to do with the vacant center field position just as they would have had to do with the closer spot, if they declined the option on Francisco Rodriguez. (They didn picking up his option on Thursday, as well.)
Here are the ways the Tigers could fill center field:Maybin wasn the only center fielder the Tigers used in 2016, since he was limited to just 94 games by injuries to his wrist, thumb and quadriceps.
Anthony Gose, who was the Opening Day starter in center, when Maybin wrist http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/ kept him on the shelf, started 27 games there, before eventually being demoted two rungs on the organizational ladder.
Tyler Collins started 29 games there, utility man Andrew Romine started 22, left fielder Justin Upton started six games, JaCoby Jones started three games, and Mike Aviles started one. Alex Presley played in two single innings in center, but didn start either game.
There are options, albeit none great.
will weigh our options as far as center field is concerned for next season, Tigers general manager Al Avila said in the news release announcing the Maybin trade. will be a wide open competition starting in the spring and we see how it plays out. they wanted to give him a chance to reclaim himself), and he cheap.
now, he coming to spring training, as we sit there today, and will be competing for cheap jerseys a job, Avila said at the end of season news conference.
Gose made just over the MLB minimum ($525,000 in 2016) last season, and isn even arbitration eligible until after next season.
So it not going to cost them anything to run him out there again for another try.
And it would work better if they could pair him up with a right handed hitter.
Jones may get a shot
A right handed hitter is exactly what JaCoby Jones is.
The return on the 2015 deadline deal that sent Joakim Soria to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Jones finished last season as the Tigers No. 9 prospect, after starting it on the suspended list for a failed drug test during last year stint in the Arizona Fall League.
This year in the AFL, he hitting.313 with one home run and three doubles in 13 games. He stolen five bases, as well.
At his end of season news conference, Avila admitted Jones would be an option in center, if Maybin did not return.
Jones is a viable option. I think there people in the organization that feel that he could use more time in Toledo. I of the opinion that he could use more time in Toledo, Avila said at the end of season news conference. if he has a strong Arizona Fall League, comes in spring training and really has a good spring, I can rule out that he might not be the guy. Particularly if you can match him up with another guy that hits from the left side and can give him some days off on some tough right handed pitchers. That one option.