Acquiring Mikie Mahtook
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
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.
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.