3 reasons to be happy the Detroit Tigers extended Colt Keith before MLB debut

The Detroit Tigers have extended Colt Keith to a six-year deal. There's plenty of reason to like this deal, let's take a look at a couple of them.

Detroit Tigers President of Baseball Operations Scott Harris stands with recently extended infielder Colt Keith alongside General Manager Jeff Greenberg.
Detroit Tigers President of Baseball Operations Scott Harris stands with recently extended infielder Colt Keith alongside General Manager Jeff Greenberg. / Kimberly P. Mitchell / USA TODAY NETWORK
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1. Other players who have gotten a deal, like Colt Keith, have excelled.

There's a history of this, with seven players who have signed contracts like this. The Chicago White Sox invested in Luis Robert and Eloy Jiménez, which has worked out quite well for them. Both have played significant roles for Chicago in the last few years, and it has to be a nice vote of confidence for Colt Keith to see this success.

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It's not to say that Jiménez and Robert are comparable to what Keith might be with Detroit. However, it should leave the Tigers faithful excited about what "could be" with his future. I'll be the first to admit that I was hoping Keith would start in Triple-A to build some confidence with video-game-like numbers for the first month or so before bringing him north to join the Tigers.

However, with this new contract, it feels like Keith will start in the big leagues. I've come around on this reality, I'm hopeful that he can pick up where he left off with his loud 2023 performance. The Tigers will be able to see him come out and be the player that many fans are hoping for.