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Tigers sign Cameron Maybin to a one-year deal


The Detroit Tigers have signed their old friend Cameron Maybin to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million.

This will be Maybin’s third stint in Detroit. He was drafted by the Tigers in 2005, made his big league debut there in 2007 and was traded to the Marlins in the trade which brought Miguel Cabrera to Motown. He was traded to the Tigers before the 2016 season, played that year there and then was sent off by Detroit again the following November.

In all, Maybin is a 13-year veteran who has played for the Marlins, Padres, Braves, Angels, Mariners, Yankees, and Astros, in addition to Detroit. The guy gets around. For his career he’s a .256/.324/.376 (93 OPS+) hitter with 183 stolen bases. He had a pretty nice partial season in New York last year, putting up a line of .285/.364/.494 in 269 plate appearances, with almost all of his damage coming against righties. Whether the Tigers — who are pretty thin on big league talent — intend to platoon him or use him as a full time outfielder is not known.

Buster Posey has opted out of the season

Buster Posey has opted out
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Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”

Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.

Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.

In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.

A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.