Detroit Tigers should sign top prospect Kevin Maitan

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DETROIT, MI – JUNE 28: A Detroit Tigers hat, glasses and glove sit on the dugout stairs during a MLB game against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park on June 28, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers win on a walk off home run 5-4. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images) /

Impact potential

While prospects like Candelario and Paredes have certainly improved the organization’s outlook, Detroit will still need more young position players to pair with the aforementioned group and prospects closer to the Majors like Christin Stewart and Mike Gerber.

As it would happen, a potential impact prospect recently became available.

The Atlanta orginization was recently under investigation by Major League Baseball for violating international signing rules.

Below is part of Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred’s statement on the violations.

"“As a result of the 2015-2016 circumvention, the Braves were able to sign nine high-value players during the 2016-17 signing period who would have been unavailable to them had the Club accurately accounted for its signings during the 2015-2016 signing period. These players were Juan Contreras, Yefri del Rosario, Abrahan Gutierrez, Kevin Maitan, Juan Carlos Negret, Yenci Pena, Yunior Severino, Livan Soto and Guillermo Zuniga.”"

Manfred also detailed other violations, including “package agreements” in both 2016 and 2017 for three other players.

In short, Manfred announced that the players would be hitting the open market as free agents.

"“In order to remedy these violations, I am releasing these players from their contracts with the Braves and declaring them free agents eligible to sign with any other Club.”"

There’s obviously a lot to unpack there, but the most significant part is that Kevin Maitan is now a free agent.