The Detroit Tigers have dealt their center fielder Cameron Maybin to the Los Angeles Angels in a sign and trade deal for minor league pitcher Victor Alcantara. As part of the trade, the Angels have agreed to pick up Maybin's options for the 2017 season.
Maybin, 29, is a ten-year veteran of Major League Baseball and spent this past season with the Detroit Tigers. Maybin returns to the National League where he spent eight seasons, with the Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres and Florida Marlins. Maybin had a bounce back year with the Tigers, hitting .315 with 4 home runs, 43 runs batted in and 15 stolen bases.
Alcantara, 23, has been in the Angels system for five seasons after signing a contract out of the Dominican Republic. Rated as the eighth-best prospect in the Angels system, Alcantara spent last season at Double-A Arkansas, where he split time between the starting rotation and the bullpen. Alcantara went 3-7 with a 4.30 ERA in 29 games (with 20 starts) in Arkansas and appears to be transitioning to a bullpen role.
Maybin will likely slot into left field in Anaheim where they struggled to find consistency and ultimately spilt the position between Daniel Nava, Shane Robinson and Jefry Marte, through out the entire season. Maybin will join an explosive outfield that includes Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun. The Tigers now open up space in their efforts to find a bigger bat, or a pitcher, by getting rid of Maybin's $9 million option. They have stressed the desire to get younger after a failed attempt at the postseason, and the addition of Alcantara beings to replenish their young arms.null