3. Cameron Maybin
Acquiring Cameron Maybin may go down as one of the most underrated trades in Major League Baseball for the 2016 season.
Brought back to Detroit for struggling reliever Ian Krol and minor league reliever Gabe Speier, Maybin thrived in his return to Comerica Park.
When healthy, the center fielder was a force at the top of Detroit’s batting lineup, combining with Ian Kinsler to give Detroit arguably the best pair of table setters in the league.
Among center fielders with at least 300 plate appearances, Maybin had the third-highest on-base percentage. He also finished in the top 10 in wRC+ (eighth), wOBA (ninth), and OPS (ninth).
In fact, of all players with 300 plate appearances, the former first-round pick finished with the 17th-best on-base percentage, just .002 points behind Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant. Only six players in the American league finished with a higher on-base percentage than Detroit’s starting center fielder.
What’s more, Maybin was Detroit’s fourth-best player where the wRC+ stat is concerned. Only Miguel Cabrera, J.D. Martinez and Ian Kinsler posted higher numbers in that category than the fleet of foot outfielder.
Hopefully the Tigers were keep him around for the long haul, as he is a significant upgrade over the team’s other center field options.