Late Friday, Al Avila was at it again…completing a trade with the Atlanta Braves for left fielder and previous Tiger Cameron Maybin. In return, Detroit sent lefty reliever Ian Krol and minor league lefty reliever Gabe Spier.
Most everyone will remember Maybin as a highly thought of prospect in the Tigers organization who once was being compared to the likes of Ken Griffey Jr and was a key figure in the trade that brought Miguel Cabrera to Detroit. The Griffey comparison never panned out, however Maybin has become a serviceable outfielder in the majors, where he played for Miami, San Diego, and last year in Atlanta.
Maybin has an injury history that has only seen him exceed 500 or more plate appearances in 9 seasons. Of those 3 seasons however, he did average about 20 doubles, 10 homers, and about 30 steals. The big knock on Cameron will be his lack of patience where he strikes out 100+ times a season when healthy, walks only about 40 times, which leaves his OBP around .300.
Maybin will cost the Tigers $6mm ($8mm acutal salary) with Atlanta covering a portion and Detroit will have a team option next year at $9mm with a $1mm buyout