Detroit Tigers have acquired outfielder Jake Marisnick.
The Detroit Tigers have acquired outfielder Jake Marisnick in a trade with the Chicago White Sox. They brought in the 11-year outfielder in exchange for cash considerations, providing some more depth to their roster amid some shuffling that has gone on this week.
The Detroit Tigers are fighting in the American League (AL) Central with a good handle on the second-place spot as they try to catch the Minnesota Twins. However, they have had some injury troubles, and with Matt Vierling heading to the Injured List (IL), they needed some depth.
So this move should not be the most shocking as the Tigers brought in Marisnick. It's not that he was someone the team had been targeting, but he's someone who makes sense as a solid depth addition to slot in while the team looks to get healthy.
Marisnick has been in the big leagues for 11 years and has played with seven different organizations. He's only played in 9 games this season with the White Sox, where he has yet to register a hit. The White Sox may have had him in "DFA" territory, but the Tigers wanted to make sure they brought him in, so they shelled out some cash.
Last year, Marisnick was a depth outfielder for the Pirates, where he played in 31 games, slashing .234/.272/.390 with six doubles and two home runs while adding in six RBI. He has a good glove in the outfield and has been able to work at-bats well at times in his career, but the 32-year-old has regressed at the dish in recent years.
He's been stationed with Triple-A Charlotte, where he has been performing just fine. Here's Even Petzold with his numbers:
The Tigers have a connection to Marisnick as he was with the Houston Astros from 2014-2019, being someone that A.J. Hinch had coached during his time wearing an Astros uniform as their skipper. So, it's probably a move that Hinch tried to run up the flagpole with Scott Harris to get him some depth for the time being.
The Tigers are clinging to life in the AL Central, and this seems like a move of the team trying to gear up and keep enough weapons to compete in the division. Who would have thought? At the beginning of the year, it never seemed like it would happen, but moves like this help the team keep churning along without relying on some really deficient players.
As the Tigers get into the weekend, Marisnick will likely join the team and serve as a depth addition for their roster for the time being.