Scenario #3 Detroit Tigers Trade Cameron Maybin to the Houston Astros for outfielder Jake Marisnick and reliever James Hoyt
With Rasmus scheduled to become a free agents, the Astros could use Maybin.
As a whole, Astros outfielders finished 28th in runs scored and 29th in wRC+.
In return, Detroit gets an elite defender in Marisnick who isn’t eligible for arbitration until after next season. At his best, the center fielder is a stolen base threat who also contributes with some pop.
Over the course of 133 games for Houston in 2015, the 25-year-old stole scored 46 runs, hit .236, drove in 36 runs and stole 24 bases. He also contributed 15 doubles, nine home runs and four triples. In terms of more specific statistics, the former Marlin posted a 3.9 BsR, an 82 wRC+ and a 1.9 WAR.
While his numbers at the plate dropped this past season (.209 batting average, 58 wRC+ and a 0.9 WAR), he still remains an excellent defender. As a player who hits at the bottom of the order while providing speed and elite defense, Marisnick would be an excellent addition.
Unlike most prospects with upside, James Hoyt is already 30-years-old. However the reliever could be an intriguing addition to Detroit’s bullpen.
The right-hander sits in the mid-90s with his fastball and can throw two above-average off-speed offerings. Hoyt posted a 1.64 ERA in Triple-A with 93 strikeouts in 55 innings.
He continued to fan batters at the Major League level in 2016. During 22 innings for the Astros, Hoyt struck out 11.5 batters per nine innings while posting 15.2 swinging strike percentage. What’s more, his SIERA over that span was a sparkling 2.96 SIERA.
The former Atlanta farmhand could slot in immediately as a late-inning arm for the Detroit Tigers.