Steven Moya is listed at 6-foot-6, 220 pounds, but if you see him in person, both of those measurements feel understated. He is big in stature and big in power and has hit 35, 20, and 25 homers over the past three seasons. Unfortunately, he is also big on impatience, as he is aggressive at the plate and strikes out a ton. In Triple-A Toledo, he struck out 27 percent of the time in 2016. In the 133 plate appearances he has had at the big league level, he has struck out in 38 percent. At 25, he still has time for improvement, so he could go back to Triple-A for more seasoning. He has to play a corner outfield spot or serve at DH, but of course, Justin Upton, J.D. Martinez, and Victor Martinez block all three of those spots with the big club. If the younger Martinez is traded, then Moya becomes a high-risk chase of power upside.
Moya is 5-for-17 (.294) through seven spring training games, although he has just one RBI. Moya is collecting hits, but he has just one double and no home runs so far. He's a less versatile defender than Dixon Machado, with whom he's likely competing for the team's final bench role, so Moya needs to make his mark as a power hitter. The 25-year-old is out of options, so if the Tigers try to send him down after spring training, he will have to pass through waivers.
Moya, who is out of options, looks unlikely to make Detroit's 25-man roster this spring, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. The Tigers have a logjam in the outfield, with J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton entrenched as starters in the corners, and Tyler Collins and Mikie Mahtook likely to platoon in center. Backup infielder Andrew Romine can also play outfield, so it could come down to Moya or utility player Dixon Machado for the final bench spot. Machado, who is also out of options, is a bit more versatile defensively than Moya, which could give him the edge. If the Tigers attempt to send Moya down, he will have to pass through waivers.
Moya is out of minor league options and could find himself on another team before the season begins, Lynn Henning of the Detroit News reports. The Tigers don't trust Moya enough in the field and his bat isn't reliable enough for regular playing time. Because he is out of options, Moya will have to pass through waivers if the Tigers try to send him down. That means there's a pretty good shot that Moya's time in Detroit will come to an end sometime this spring.
Moya was recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday. As expected, Moya will return with Toledo's season drawing to a close Monday. The 25-year-old displayed impressive power in 26 games with the Tigers earlier this season, slugging .517, but he also fanned at a 35.8 percent clip. He will be shielded heavily from lefties and probably won't start over the likes of J.D. Martinez or Justin Upton against right-handed pitching very often.
Moya was optioned to Triple-A Toledo Wednesday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. The 25-year-old outfielder was recalled from Toledo on Wednesday. He failed to record a plate appearance in his two games with the club. Moya's slashing .299/.489/.788 in 79 games with the Mud Hens.