Last week, the Detroit Tigers finally did what they should have done a long time ago and DFA'd Tyler Nevin. At the time, I personally still thought he could be clear waivers and be outrighted to Triple-A Toledo, and likely be invited to spring training as a non-roster invitee. But as it turns out, that wasn't the case.
Yesterday, Nevin was quite literally sent back where he came from, being dealt to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for cash considerations. The two teams pulled off this exact same deal on New Year's Eve in 2022, except Nevin went from Baltimore to Detroit. Now, he heads back to the team he made his big league debut with.
This was the right move for everyone involved. The Tigers have no shortage of AAAA players, with or without Nevin. Now he'll get a chance to possibly win a spot on the Opening Day roster for the O's, and quite frankly, play for a better team.
With Nevin now fully out of the picture, this clears things up a tad in the infield. Justyn-Henry Malloy's path to the Opening Day roster just became a lot easier. He has a lot more offensive upside than Nevin, but he needs a lot of work with the glove.
This also now all but guarentees a spot for Zach McKinstry. His defense and athleticism are a heck of a lot more valuable than anything Nevin brought to the table anyway, but this basically removes any questions about his status going into spring training.
Lastly, the Tigers STILL don't have a third baseman as we get enter the home stretch of the offseason. It's looking more and more like they are going to rock with the likes of Matt Vierling and Andy Ibanez at third base. Oh joy.
Will the Tigers actually get a third baseman before spring training begins? It seems unlikely at this point, but you never know.