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May 26, 2024 1 1 0 2
May 25, 2024 0 0 0 0
May 23, 2024 1 1 0 0 1.5
May 22, 2024 1 0 0 1 1.5
May 20, 2024 0 0 0 0

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Javier Baez's time in Detroit has mostly been a disaster so far. The shortstop signed a six-year, $140 million contract with the Tigers before the 2022 season and has proceeded to struggle each of the last two years. After posting a .671 OPS in 2022, he bottomed out with a .592 OPS last year, which was his worst outside of the .551 OPS he posted as a 21-year-old rookie in 2014. By comparison, Baez averaged a .783 OPS across eight seasons before coming over to Detroit. Not surprisingly, his counting stats were down in 2023 as well, as he recorded only nine home runs and 59 RBI across 136 games. Baez lowered his strikeout rate a little bit, from 24.9% to 22.9%, though he continued to rarely take walks and mostly made weak contact on his swings. Now entering his age-31 season, Baez clearly looks like a player on the decline. Some fantasy managers will likely roll the dice given his past performance, though there is nothing in his recent profile to suggest a turnaround is coming anytime soon.

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2024 771.8 12 1 21 5 6 .203
2023 277.52 58 9 59 24 12 .222
2022 323.52.2 64 17 67 26 9 .238
3y Avg. 3312.4 67 19 71 26 13 .241
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Getting break Friday

    Baez is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Blue Jays. The 31-year-old will cede shortstop duties to Zach McKinstry. Baez has started nine of the last 10 games for the Tigers, batting 11-for-34 with nine RBI in that stretch.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Getting day off

    Baez is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Royals. Baez will give way to Zach McKinstry at shortstop Tuesday after making eight straight starts. Baez finally found his groove at the plate during the Tigers' three-game series against the D-Backs last week, going 8-for-13 with four doubles and seven RBI.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Stays hot in Saturday's win

    Baez went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI in Saturday's 8-3 win over the Diamondbacks. A day after recording three hits, Baez one-upped himself and posted his first four-hit effort of the year. Before Friday's outburst, the shortstop was batting just .167, but the two-game flurry has pushed that up to .207. Baez will need to keep stringing together performances like this to make his season-long stats look more acceptable, though at least he's showing some signs of life, and he's been known as a streaky performer in the past who can heat up quickly.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Drives in five

    Baez went 3-for-4 with two doubles, five RBI and a run scored in Friday's 13-0 win over the Diamondbacks. Baez was given a vote of confidence from manager A.J. Hinch earlier this week, and he made good on it with his best game of the season. This was the shortstop's third multi-hit effort this season and the first time he's driven in multiple runs. Baez is still slashing a paltry .185/.216/.254 with one home run, 18 RBI, nine runs scored, six doubles and six stolen bases over 38 contests. He's set to remain the starting shortstop for the foreseeable future, as the Tigers have no obvious candidates to push him for playing time.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Will not be benched

    Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said Monday that he has no plans to bench Baez, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports. "He's going to play, a lot," Hinch said. Baez has again been one of the least productive regulars from an offensive standpoint in baseball, slashing just .167/.200/.222 with one home run over 135 plate appearances. He's hit only .223/.265/.346 since signing a six-year, $140 million contract prior to the 2022 campaign. Baez also has graded out poorly defensively in 2024 with minus-4 Outs Above Average, although he was plus-9 in OAA in 2023 and the Tigers still seem happy with his defense. Given that the underwhelming Zach McKinstry would represent their likely alternative at shortstop, the Tigers appear willing to continue riding it out with Baez in hopes that he can rebound to at least a competent level at the plate.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Not starting Saturday

    Baez is not in the Tigers' starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Astros. With the Astros sending out right-hander Cristian Javier (neck), the Tigers will start lefty-hitting Zach McKinstry at shortstop. Baez went 0-for-4 during Friday's series opener, and the 31-year-old is 2-for-26 with three RBI and five strikeouts in May.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Back in lineup Sunday

    Baez will start at shortstop and bat eighth in Sunday's game against the Yankees. Per Chris McCosky of The Detroit News, Baez has been dealing with lingering low-back soreness, which may explain why the Tigers held him out of the lineup for Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Yankees. The sore back doesn't look as though it'll be anything that forces Baez to the 10-day injured list, but he could start receiving more frequent days off, especially if he continues to underwhelm at the plate. After turning in a .671 OPS and .592 OPS in the 2022 and 2023 campaigns, respectively, Baez has declined further so far in his third season in Detroit. He carries a .183/.228/.258 slash line into Sunday's contest.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Sitting Saturday

    Baez isn't in the Tigers' lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees. Baez will get a breather Saturday after going 0-for-4 with a strikeout during Friday's series opener. His absence will allow Zach McKinstry to start at shortstop while batting eighth.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Sitting Game 1

    Baez is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals. The veteran shortstop sat for Sunday's series finale versus Kansas City and finds himself on the bench for Tuesday's matinee. Zach McKinstry is starting at shortstop, and Baez will likely rejoin the lineup for Game 2.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Not starting Sunday

    Baez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals. Baez started the previous seven games but will sit Sunday after he posted a .641 OPS during that stretch. Zach McKinstry will step in at shortstop for the series finale versus Kansas City.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Scores twice in win

    Baez went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Monday's 7-1 win over the Rays. Relegated to the eighth spot in the lineup, Baez managed to contribute, and he's been good over his last five games with a .350 batting average. The shortstop is still batting just .203 for the season, so he'll need more performances like the one he delivered Monday if he wants to get his overall numbers up to a more acceptable range.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Out of lineup Friday

    Baez is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Twins, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. Baez has found some success at the plate recently with an .871 OPS across the past five games, but he'll head to the bench for Friday's series opener at Minnesota. Zach McKinstry will step in at shortstop and bat seventh.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Doubles twice in loss

    Baez went 2-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored in Thursday's 9-7 loss to the Rangers. The doubles were Baez's first of the season, and he's still sitting on just one home run across 17 games. The shortstop isn't hitting a ton of singles either, as he's batting just .172. While he's shown an ability in the past to heat up quickly, his struggles the past few seasons don't instill a ton of confidence. Baez should continue to see regular playing time, however, giving him an opportunity to turn things around.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Pops first home run

    Baez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Twins. Baez has gotten off to a horrendous start, as he's batting just .140 with a .361 OPS even after the home run, which was his first of the season. The shortstop has had a rough time in Detroit the last three years, and his big contract is likely the main reason he's holding onto a starting role. However, the Tigers could choose to reduce Baez's playing time if he doesn't pick things up soon.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Sitting for Game 1

    Baez isn't in the Tigers' lineup for the first game of Saturday's twin bill versus Minnesota. After striking out three times and failing to record a hit during Friday's contest, Baez will take a seat to kick off Saturday's activities. Zach McKinstry will get the nod instead at shortstop and bat seventh.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Not in Sunday's lineup

    Baez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the A's, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports. Baez is 4-for-26 through his first seven games of the season and will take a seat for Sunday's series finale versus Oakland. Zach McKinstry will step in at shortstop and bat eighth.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Sitting out first game of twin bill

    Baez is not in the lineup for the first game of Thursday's doubleheader versus the Mets. Zach McKinstry will get the start at shortstop in place of Baez. Baez is just 3-for-16 with a 6:0 K:BB in the early going this season. He'll likely be back at shortstop for the second contest Thursday.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Taking seat Tuesday

    Baez is absent from the lineup for Tuesday's game versus the Mets. Baez had started each of he Tigers' first four contests, going 3-for-16 with a 6:0 K:BB. Zach McKinstry will fill in at shortstop Tuesday and bat ninth.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Scores lone run in opening win

    Baez went 1-for-4 with a run scored in Thursday's 1-0 win over the White Sox. He also stole a base. Baez manufactured the game's lone run in the third inning. He led off the frame with a single, stole second, then advanced to third and scored on a pair of sacrifice flies. While it's a decently promising start for the shortstop, it was concerning to see him bat eighth on Opening Day. Baez may be able to have a bounceback campaign in 2024, though it would help his cause if he's able to move up in the order.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Trying to overcome nagging injuries

    Baez revealed Friday that he's dealt with nagging back and core issues over the last two seasons, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. Baez altered his offseason training routine in order to strengthen those areas and said he's now feeling much better. Perhaps the injury problems can partly explain Baez's dreadful .230/.273/.361 slash line during his two years in Detroit, but fantasy managers will likely need to see tangible improvement from the 31-year-old before investing.
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