How Carlos Gonzalez fits with the Detroit Tigers
As with many players who turn in strong offensive seasons playing half their games at Colorado’s Coors Field, it’s probably normal to wonder how the player would produce playing elsewhere.
Gonzalez, who has spent the vast majority of his career in Colorado, has a career 95 wRC+ and a .174 ISO on the road.
However, as recently as 2015, he turned in a 102 wRC+, a .221 ISO and a .758 OPS on the road.
If he can replicate those kind of numbers in Detroit, the Tigers should benefit greatly.
It also doesn’t hurt that Gonzalez, in a small sample size, has found plenty of success at Comerica Park.
In 24 plate appearances, the 31-year-old is hitting .435 with a .458 on-base percentage, a .652 slugging percentage and a 1.111 OPS.
The outfielder also has four runs scored, three RBI, two doubles, a home run and a stolen base in Detroit.
Results may matter little for the Detroit Tigers in 2018, but the team could still use some more offensive punch as they look to grow as a team.
With J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton gone, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez coming off injury-shortened seasons and Ian Kinsler a potential trade candidate this winter, the batting order could use a boost.
Adding Gonzalez to hit behind Cabrera and in front of Nicholas Castellanos and Jeimer Candelario would give the Tigers a quality heart of the order.
While position players didn’t bring in as much vale as pitchers at the 2017 trade deadline, Gonzalez’ offensive upside would make him a fit in almost any lineup.
With Christin Stewart a potential call up at some point next season, the Tigers can eventually trade Carlos Gonzalez for more prospects to help the rebuild while replacing his production with the powerful Stewart.