Detroit Tigers: Assessing Team’s Center Field Options
By Ben Rosener
Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila is instituting change this offseason, as the Tigers look to shed payroll. Seeing as Avila already dealt Cameron Maybin to save cash, here are Detroit’s center field options.
Detroit Tigers fans will see a different center fielder come Opening Day. With Cameron Maybin now a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim player, the Tigers are in need of a replacement.
That won’t be an easy task, considering Maybin posted the fourth-highest WAR on the team, with a 2.0 mark that surpassed that of Nick Castellanos, J.D. Martinez, Justin Upton and Victor Martinez.
What’s more, the now-former Tiger turned in a stellar .383 on-base percentage while contributing a 120 wRC+.
Overall, the center fielder hit .315 with a .418 slugging percentage. Maybin also added 65 runs scored, 43 RBI, 15 stolen bases, 14 doubles, five triples and four home runs. His OPS sat at .801.
Outside of the ex-Marlin, Tigers center fielders combined for a WAR of 0.1.
While Maybin didn’t post the most eye-catching defensive numbers from a defensive standpoint, his ability to cover significant ground certainly made an impact in Detroit.
Here’s a breakdown of the Detroit Tigers options to replace Cameron Maybin in center field.