4. Cameron Maybin, CF 2005
With a miniscule 1.71 FIP since the start of 2014, one could make the argument that Miller has been more of an impact player as of late, but Maybin has been much more consistent over the course of his career. What’s more, the outfielder’s 9.6 lifetime WAR is more than three times higher than the pitcher’s 3.0 WAR.
Since leaving Detroit, Maybin has played for three different teams, the Marlins, Padres and Braves. In three years with Florida, the 29-year-old hit .257 with 43 RBI, 21 doubles, 14 stolen baes, 12 home runs and five triples
However, he was never able to play more than 82 games in a season, and was dealt to San Diego before 2011. Maybin showed off his potential in 2011 and 2012 with the Padres, posting a .253 batting average and averaging 42 RBI, 22 doubles, 33 stolen bases, eight home runs and six triples per seasons.
He continued to show promise with Atlanta last season, stuffing the stat sheet with 59 RBI, 23 stolen bases, 18 doubles, 10 home runs and a pair of triples.
Al Avila acquired him in what could turn out to be a steal. The relatively new Tigers general manager flipped Ian Krol—he of a 5.18 FIP in 60.2 innings for Detroit—and Single-A pitcher Gabe Speier to Atlanta for Maybin.
The center fielder has been slowed by injuries in the early going, but made his debut on Monday. During that game, the 29-year-old went 2-for-2 with a walk, a run and a stolen base. He also provided capable defense in the cavernous Comerica Park.
Maybin will add a much-needed base running threat to the Tigers lineup, not to mention a steady defensive presence in center field.