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 7, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder Mikie Mahtook (15) hits an RBI double in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Detroit won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Other Deals

Acquiring Mikie Mahtook
Grade: C+

The move to bring in Mahtook checks in as a “C+” right now. However, that could change.

Initially acquired to serve in a platoon with Tyler Collins, Mahtook hasn’t had the best start to the 2017 campaign.

In 35 plate appearances, he’s hit just .194 with a .286 on-base percentage, a .161 ISO and a 81 wRC+. The outfielder does sport a .250 BABIP, so he could be due for an uptick in production at some point.

That would be a welcome change, as Mahtook is a young and controllable piece for the Tigers. With five-tool potential, a rebound from the outfielder would certainly make the trade grade look better.

Bringing in Daniel Stumpf
Grade: B

A Rule 5 draft pick from the Kansas City Royals, the left-handed Stumpf didn’t make the team out of Spring Training.

He was offered back to Kansas City and eventually became a free agent due to his status as a two-time Rule 5 pick.

The southpaw re-signed with Detroit, and is currently pitching out of the Toledo bullpen.

In eight frames for the Mud Hens, Stumpf has struck out 10.13 batters per nine frames and owns a 2.96 xFIP.

Next: Breaking Down Detroit's Bullpen Situation

Like Mahtook, he’s relatively young and controllable. The fact that Al Avila was able to essentially able add a useful left-handed reliever for nothing makes this move a success for Detroit.

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