The Detroit Tigers have traded veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin to the Los Angeles Angels. As a result, the Angels will pick up Maybin’s $9 million club option for the 2017 season.
The Tigers will receive right-hander Victor Alcantara in return for shipping Maybin across the country to the west coast.
With their latest addition now on board, the Angels will shift the perennial center fielder into left field in order to keep slugger Mike Trout in the middle going forward. Even so, it appears that the Angels have found someone to fill the void in left field going forward as a long-term contract may be in he works in order to retain Maybin past 2017.
Last season, in what would become his lone campaign in the “Motor City” this time around, he appeared in 94 games after finding himself injured on more than one occasion along the way. While batting an impressive .315, the 29-year-old also added four home runs and 43 RBI to accompany his .383 on-base percentage.
Prior to arriving in Detroit, Maybin suited up for the Florida Marlins, San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves. However, he originally broke into the big leagues with 24 appearances as a member of the Tigers back in 2007. In 2015, his only season in Atlanta, he batted just .267 with 10 home runs, 59 RBI and a .327 on-base percentage across 141 appearances and 505 at bats.
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According to an official statement released by MLB Roster Moves on Thursday afternoon, the Houston Astros have claimed veteran outfielder Norichika “Nori” Aoki off waivers from the Seattle Mariners.
Now headed to Texas, Aoki will go on to last just a single season in Seattle after continuing to bounce around the league as a journeyman outfielder and role player. The Japanese-born outfielder originally broke into the big leagues as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers back in 2012. Since that season, he has also suited up for the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants.
In 2014, he helped Kansas City reach the World Series and claim an American League Pennant before coming up short against the Giants, ironically enough.
In what would become his lone season as a member of the Mariners, Aoki appeared in 118 games while receiving 417 at bats. As a result, he batted .283 with four home runs and 28 RBI to accompany his respectable .349 on-base percentage. For his big league career, he owns a .286 batting average with 28 home runs and 184 RBI alongside a .353 on-base percentage.
His best single-season effort came as a member of the Brewers during his rookie season in 2012. While appearing in 151 games, he batted .288 with a career-high 10 home runs and 50 RBI alongside a .355 on-base percentage.
In 2016, the Astros missed the postseason despite sporting a dazzling young roster headlined by middle infielders Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve. As a result, it appears that the club is attempting to piece together a rebound season while expecting help from Aoki’s veteran presence.
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On Saturday morning, the Pittsburgh Pirates officially announced several changes to the club’s big league coaching staff.
With Pittsburgh missing the postseason for the first time since 2012 as a result of a poor performance in 2016, the franchise has elected to name Kimera Bartee as the club’s outfield, base running and first base coach while Joey Cora is slated to serve as Pittsburgh’s infield and third base coach. However, the most notable change will come from within the dugout as Tom Prince has been tabbed as manager Clint Hurdle’s bench coach.
Pirates’ executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington notably made the aforementioned changes on Saturday morning.
Prince spent the 2016 campaign as the Pirates’ minor league field coordinator. While last season served as his 23rd within the club’s organization, it was also his 33rd year in professional baseball overall. Prior to becoming a minor league field coordinator, Prince spent 11 seasons managing within the Pittsburgh farm system while most recently leading Double-A Altoona back in 2015.
A Pirates lifer, Prince was originally selected by Pittsburgh in the fourth-round of the 1984 MLB Draft while later making his big league debut as a member of the franchise in 1987. He went on to play parts of 17 seasons as a big league catcher while also spending time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals along the way.
Now a 52-year-old bench coach, Prince will officially begin his tenure alongside Hurdle come the spring and 2017 regular season.
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