The Detroit Tigers end 2022 with a bang
The Detroit Tigers have finally made a move to address their offense Saturday night, acquiring INF Tyler Nevin from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for cash considerations. The team designated LHP Zach Logue for assignment in a correspoding move.
Nevin, 25, is the son of former Tiger and current Angels manager Phil Nevin. He played for the Tigers from 1995-97, where he was often injured. He later became an All-Star for the Padres.
Tyler is a former decent prospect for Baltimore, being ranked No. 25 in the Orioles' farm system in 2021 by MLB Pipeline. He put up a 130 wRC+ in Triple-A last year. He has developed a reputation of having a good eye at the plate, which is exactly what Scott Harris wants.
He got significant time with the Orioles last year, and wasn't very good in 184 plate appearances. He slashed just .197/,299/.267 with two home runs. However, he walked at an almost 11% clip. He also struck out 25% of the time.
Nevin has played a little bit of everything, but he's mostly played third base, where he was worth -4 defensive runs saved (DRS) and -5 outs above average (OAA) in 2022. Not great considering he only played 327.1 innings at the position.
Harris clearly sees potential in the hitting profile. He draws a fair amount of walks, and had a below average chase rate in 2022 according to Baseball Savant.
Nothing is certain yet, but Nevin could be an option to start at third base for the Detroit Tigers in 2023. That hole has yet to be filled, and he could be the one to do it. One could imagine he'll at least get the chance to win the job in Spring Training.
The Detroit Tigers finally made a move to address their offense. They waited until the very end of the 2022 calendar year to do so. Hopfully 2023 is a bit more active.