Detroit Tigers should make this trade with the Toronto Blue Jays
The Tigers add some pieces for the future, Toronto fortifies the second base and outfield picture
Detroit Tigers acquire: Second baseman Devon Travis, relief pitcher Danny Barnes and shortstop Kevin Smith.
Toronto Blue Jays acquire: Second baseman Ian Kinsler and outfielder Jim Adduci.
Second base and the outfield were two major areas of need for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2017.
Toronto second baseman finished second to last in the league in fWAR with a collective -0.8 number that ranked only above the Texas Rangers’ group of second baseman.
With injured starter Devon Travis limited to 197 plate appearances, the Blue Jays were forced to mix and match with the hodgepodge troika of Ryan Goins, Rob Refsnyder and Darwin Barney.
None of the three broke even where fWAR was concerned, with Goins leading the way with a -0.3 number.
Elsewhere, Goins, Refsnyder and Barney all saw their respective wRC+ stats finish at 69, 32 and 58 respectively. Additionally, all three had wOBA stats below the .280 mark.
Defensively, Goins was the best of Travis’ three replacements with a good-but-not-great Def of 1.0. He also finished with a -3 DRS and a 1.7 UZR/150 in 383.1 defensive frames.
Elsewhere, Refsnyder and Barney—who combined for 622.2 defensive innings—struggled.
The ex-Yankees infielder spent 111 innings at the position, working to a -1.0 Def, a +1 DRS and a -10.5 UZR/150.
Meanwhile, Barney wasn’t much better in 511.2 defensive frames. He notched a 0.3 Def, a -3 DRS and a -1.3 UZR/150.