While there was little hope that the Detroit Tigers might find an impactful player to add to their outfield mix this offseason, the club has continued to keep an eye out for a bit of bargain help, and they have zeroed in on a target. Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported Wednesday morning that the Tigers were nearing a deal with former center fielder Cameron Maybin.
Update: The Tigers announced the Maybin signing shortly after 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports that the deal is a one-year contract worth $1.5 million. To make room for Maybin on the 40-man roster, the Tigers placed righthander Michael Fulmer on the 60-day injured list.
Obviously, Maybin has a long history with the Tigers organization. They made him the 10th overall pick in the 2005 MLB draft, and he was later a key part of the Miguel Cabrera trade with the Miami Marlins. Maybin also played for San Diego and Atlanta before returning to Detroit in 2016 on a one-year deal to take over center field.
That tour of duty went quite well, though it was plagued by some minor injuries. Maybin ran wild when he was in the lineup, stealing 15 bags and posting a 121 wRC+. For reasons that remain obscure, the Tigers neglected to offer him a contract that offseason, despite ostensibly trying to contend in 2017, and the hole at the position that year was one of the main weak points in the lineup.