Scenario #3 Trade Cameron Maybin to the Washington Nationals for outfielder Ben Revere and catching prospect Pedro Severino
After offseason acquisition Revere struggled, the Nationals turned to elite prospect Trea Turner in center field. A middle infielder by trade, Turner will likely move back to the infield before all is said and done.
In return for Maybin, who would give Washington a formidable top of the order with Turner and Bryce Harper, Detroit would two players able to contribute next season.
Revere is projected by MLB Trade Rumors to earn $6.3 million through arbitration next season. He isn’t set to hit free agency until after the 2017 campaign. By moving Maybin, the Tigers would save money while acquiring an intriguing bounce-back candidate.
The center fielder led the Majors in hits as recently as 2014, when he also stole 49 bases, drove in 28 and contributed 22 extra-base hits. Revere also hit .306 in 2015 with 45 RBI, 31 stolen bases and 31 extra-base hits.
While his batting average (.217) dipped in 2016, the former Philly could thrive at the top of Detroit’s order, similar to Maybin.
In addition to Maybin, the Tigers would also receive a top catching prospect in Severino. Currently blocked by Wilson Ramos in Washington, Severino is an elite defensive backstop. The catcher hit .271 at Triple-A last season, and along with James McCann could give Detroit the best defensive catching duo in the league.
The 23-year-old hit .321 with a 1.048 OPS in a brief, 16-game stint with the Nats during the 2016 campaign. Severino also added six runs, five walks, four RBI and two doubles. While it is an admittedly small sample size, the backstop’s offensive play is certainly encouraging.