Not much has gone the Detroit Tigers’ way so far in the 2022 season. Among the players who have taken some blame for the sluggish start to the campaign is shortstop Javier Baez.
Much was expected out of Baez when he signed off on a six-year, $140 million deal with the Tigers in the offseason. Still, he has failed to replicate his form from during his All-Star seasons with the Chicago Cubs, as he currently boasts a .211 batting average to go along with an OPS+ of 72.
Speaking on Wednesday, Tigers general manager Al Avila touched on several matters regarding the team, including Baez’s performances in the season. Avila well recognizes that Baez is a “better player” than he has shown for Detroit in the first half of the campaign.
“If you talk to Báez, he wouldn’t be happy with it either, right?” Avila said.