Tigers send Cameron Maybin to Angels in the offseason's first trade
Maybin has an option for 2017, which the Angels will pick up
It didn't take long for us to witness the first significant trade of the offseason. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal was the first to report that the Tigers had dealt outfielder Cameron Maybin to the Angels in exchange for minor-league right-hander Victor Alcantara. The Angels have since announced the trade as being official.
Maybin, 29, is coming off a 2016 season for Detroit in which he batted .315/.383/.418 (120 OPS+) with 15 stolen bases in 94 games. When healthy, he was the Tigers' regular center fielder. For his career, Maybin owns an OPS+ of 93 across parts of 10 big-league seasons. In 2011, Maybin stole 40 bases as a member of the Padres.
As for his future role with the Angels, here's more from Rosenthal:
Maybin likely will play LF for #Angels. Trout will remain in center.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 3, 2016
Maybin is eligble for free agency following the 2017 season.
As for Alcantara, the 23-year-old native of the Dominican Republic has a 4.60 ERA and 1.78 K/BB ratio across parts of five minor-league seasons. In 2016, he pitched to a 4.30 ERA and 1.39 K/BB ratio in 29 games, 20 of which were starts, for Double-A Arkansas in the Texas League.