Detroit Tigers hosting a public utility tryout through the end of the season

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - SEPTEMBER 12: Harold Castro #30 of the Detroit Tigers looks on after flying out to Randy Arozarena #56 of the Tampa Bay Rays during the bottom of the second inning at Comerica Park on September 12, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - SEPTEMBER 12: Harold Castro #30 of the Detroit Tigers looks on after flying out to Randy Arozarena #56 of the Tampa Bay Rays during the bottom of the second inning at Comerica Park on September 12, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /
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BALTIMORE, MD – AUGUST 12: Victor Reyes #22 of the Detroit Tigers catches a fly ball hit by Austin Hays #21 of the Baltimore Orioles in the third inning during a baseball game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 12, 2021, in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD – AUGUST 12: Victor Reyes #22 of the Detroit Tigers catches a fly ball hit by Austin Hays #21 of the Baltimore Orioles in the third inning during a baseball game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 12, 2021, in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

Detroit Tigers OF Victor Reyes

Divisive Rule 5 pick Victor Reyes was once one of the more controversial topics among the fanbase at one point, with arguments on both sides of whether Reyes was an everyday player or not.

Reyes is slightly above replacement level this year across his 67 games with a  .246/.276/.415 line and slightly below-average defense in the outfield.

The Case for the Detroit Tigers Keeping Victor Reyes

Reyes is under contract through 2024 and has improved his exit velocity numbers compared to his first couple seasons; putting away the ‘soft serve’ nickname to an extent. As a switch-hitter, Reyes also offers the versatility in the box that some others may not have (splits are relatively similar).

Reyes also can play both corners, which would be helpful and likely more ideal than some of the newer competition for the spot when Grossman or Baddoo need a breather.

The Case for the Detroit Tigers Letting Victor Reyes Go

Replacement level guys are a dime-a-dozen and it’s fair to question if someone with more upside like Derek Hill or Daz Cameron would be a better fit for that role moving forward. Reyes likely is who he is–he can undoubtedly help an MLB club, but he’s shown he’s not the everyday guy some once thought.

Reyes as an exclusive outfielder may be a bit pigeon-holed compared to some others as well, which may limit his ability to find the lineup as consistent as some of the other players that can do both. Add to this that Riley Greene is very near being ready and it makes Reyes’ talents a smidge more expendable.

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