Detroit Tigers: Good Bye JaCoby Jones. Hello Victor Reyes. What’s Next?

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 10: JaCoby Jones #21 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with Harold Castro #30 of the Detroit Tigers after hitting an inside-the-park home run against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning at Comerica Park on August 10, 2020, in Detroit, Michigan (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 10: JaCoby Jones #21 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with Harold Castro #30 of the Detroit Tigers after hitting an inside-the-park home run against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning at Comerica Park on August 10, 2020, in Detroit, Michigan (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
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Eric Haase & Daz Cameron

The red hot emergence of local hero Eric Haase who seems to be a passable outfielder while splitting reps with Jake Rogers and Wilson Ramos (who is back on the IL)  behind the dish makes the corner outfield position potentially more productive from an offensive standpoint and puts Nomar Mazara in play to be the next outfielder to be shown the door. If Mazara isn’t providing power then he really has no place on the roster.

His defense is not Nick Castellanos/Christin Stewart bad with a respectable  RTOT/YR of 5 so far this season, but not nearly enough that 4 extra-base hits in his 78 PA’s warrants a roster position. What would I do next? Calling up Derek Hill in the next 7 to 10 days assuming he doesn’t fall off a cliff to split the CF time with Reyes while having Grossman in one corner spot with Reyes/Haase holding down the other while sprinkling in some Akil Baddoo is more serviceable now for this team as well as being able to evaluate what is needed for the 2022 season.

It just makes sense. Perhaps AJ Hinch can just say this loud enough in a hallway that Al Avila can overhear it and steal the idea as his own. While I was all for the Nomar Mazara signing and giving him an opportunity to see if that bright prospect status might be late-blooming, it has become apparent there just isn’t enough for a future in Detroit and moving on sooner rather than later seems prudent.

If Mazara earns a reprieve over the next couple of weeks or the front office is settled that Hill doesn’t warrant a real look, which I can understand because I don’t think there is a major league bat there either, then it’s on to Daz Cameron once his bat gets going. Stay tuned to see how this situation plays out over the next couple of months!

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