On Thursday afternoon, the Los Angeles Angels completed a move with the Detroit Tigers to acquire outfielder Cameron Maybin in exchange for pitching prospect Victor Alcantara. With both clubs confirming the deal, this trade officially serves as the first notable swap of the young offseason.
In addition to acquiring Maybin, the Angels will exercise the 29-year-old’s $9 million option for the 2017 season and insert him into the daily lineup as the left fielder, a position that Maybin will need to adjust to, considering the likes of Mike Trout in center field and Kole Calhoun in right field.
During his major-league career that has featured stints with the Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, and Tigers over a span of ten years, Maybin has logged 6,178 innings in center field and a mere 80 in left. Maybin has proven to be a solid defender at both, as he boasts a .988 fielding percentage with just 22 errors in 6,258 total frames of fieldwork at the two positions.
A pair of injuries tampered with Maybin’s 2016 campaign, limiting the speedy outfielder to only 94 games. Nonetheless, Maybin made the most of his limited opportunities by slashing .315/.383/.418 across 349 at-bats, setting personal bests in each of the three categories among seasons in which he garnered at least 300 ABs. In addition to the elevated average, on-base clip, and slugging percentage, Maybin successfully stole 15 bases and struck out just 69 times.
In wake of the subtraction of Maybin, the Tigers have added the right-handed Alcantara to their farm system. The 23-year-old Alcantara, who was ranked as one of the Angels’ top prospects by MLB.com, appeared in 29 games (20 starts) at the Double-A level this season as a member of the Arkansas Travelers. As a Traveler, Alcantara posted a 4.30 earned run average over 111 innings of work.
Alcantara lost his role as a starting pitcher during the summer due to lack of command, and instability can be presumed from his nine home runs allowed, five hit batsmen, and 79:57 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Entering the 2017 season, Maybin is anticipated to serve as the Angels’ daily left-fielder. On the opposite end, it seems likely that Alcantara will get another shot at the Double-A level, this time as a member of the Tigers’ affiliate, the Erie Seawolves.