Detroit Tigers: Grading Al Avila’s Offseason Moves So Far

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Apr 25, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers Mikie Mahtook (15) receives congratulations from John Hicks (55) after he hits a two run home run in the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 25, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers Mikie Mahtook (15) receives congratulations from John Hicks (55) after he hits a two run home run in the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 18, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones (40) at bat at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Trading Cameron Maybin for Victor Alcantara
Grade: B+

Cameron Maybin was excellent for the Detroit Tigers in 2016. The outfielder compiled a 2.0 WAR, a .383 on-base percentage, a 120 wRC+, a 2.5 BsR and 65 runs scored in 94 games.

However, with the 2017 season fully under way, it looks like the Tigers made the right call in flipping Maybin to Anaheim for pitching prospect Victor Alcantara.

According to Spotrac, Maybin will make $9 million this season before becoming a free agent at the conclusion of the World Series.

In moving the center fielder, Detroit was able to get out from under his salary while adding an intriguing pitching prospect in Victor Alcantara.

The right-hander checked in at #24 on Motor City Bengals’ list of the top Tigers prospects heading into the season.

A hard-throwing pitcher with the ability to miss bats, Alcantara has found success early as a relief pitcher with Double-A Erie.

In seven appearances (15 innings pitched), the 24-year-old owns a 2.40 ERA. His control—seven walks, two wild pitches, one hit batter—isn’t there yet, but he has a promising future nonetheless.

More Playing Time for JaCoby Jones

Not only did Detroit save money and pick up Alcantara in the Maybin trade, the move also opened up more playing time for JaCoby Jones.

One of the Tigers’ top prospects, Jones had a strong Spring Training and earned a spot on the Major League roster.

He hasn’t been perfect, but he’s also flashed exciting upside with his blend of speed and power.

Jones, also a plus defender, has posted similar stats to Maybin across the board. He’s arguably been better overall thanks to his base running and defensive abilities.

Cameron Maybin’s 2017 Stats with Anaheim: 0.0 WAR, .315 on-base percentage, 79 wRC+, .078 ISO, -0.3 BsR, 2 DRS, 0.5 UZR, 15.4 UZR/150, 0.2 ARM.

JaCoby Jones’ 2017 Stats with Detroit: 0.2 WAR, .244 on-base percentage, 52 wRC+, .150 ISO, 0.1 BsR, 3 DRS, 2.4 UZR, 22.5 UZR/150, 1.0 ARM.

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