A late Friday trade takes another veteran off the Braves roster: the Braves just announced that they have traded outfielder Cameron Maybin to the Detroit Tigers for Ian Krol and Gabe Speier.
Maybin is coming off a surprisingly good season in which he hit .267.327/.370 with 10 homers and 59 RBI while stealing 23 bases. He played 141 games for the Braves, all but two of which came in center field. Maybin was originally drafted by the Tigers and played in Detroit as a rookie in 2007 before being traded to Florida in the Miguel Cabrera deal.
Kroll, a lefty reliever, pitched 33 games for Detroit while posting a 5.79 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 26/17 in 28 innings. Speier is also a left who hasn’t pitched above High-A yet. The former 19th round draft pick is only 20.
Maybin is scheduled to make $7 million in 2016 and there is a club option for $9 million in 2017. His acquisition by the Tigers gives them some added outfield depth and either a platoon partner or an alternative to Anthony Gose in center field. For the Braves: nothing but salary relief, it seems, as the arms they got back are no great shakes.
The last major league position player left in Atlanta, please turn out the lights.
Some good news for the Nationals today: All-Star hurler Max Scherzer is due back from the injured list this week, this time (hopefully) for good. He’s slated to start during Thursday’s series finale against the Pirates.
It’s been a long road back for the right-hander, who earned his seventh consecutive All-Star designation after heading into the break with a 2.30 ERA, 5.6 fWAR, and a league-leading 7.56 SO/BB rate. An untimely back injury forced him to the injured list in the days leading up to the All-Star Game, however, and he hasn’t returned in any kind of part-time or full-time capacity since.
While Scherzer was originally expected to pitch for the Nationals sometime during their weekend series versus the Brewers, manager Dave Martinez elected to push back his return date by a few days. It’s not clear whether he felt some lingering pain during his 64-pitch simulated start on Saturday or whether the Nationals simply want to play it safe with their ace, but either way, the club apparently feels like Scherzer will be back to full strength before the end of the week.
If so, his return would be a significant asset to the Nationals, who could use a sub-3.00 ERA, 5.0-fWAR starter to help bolster their standing in the NL East. Still, there’s no guarantee that the veteran righty is ready to shoulder a full-time role in Washington’s rotation, nor is it certain that he’ll be able to match his results from the first half of the season. In one start between IL stints last month, he dealt five innings of three-run, two-walk, eight-strikeout ball in an 8-7 loss to the Rockies.