Tigers Nearing Deal With Old Friend Cameron Maybin: Report

It would be his third stint with the team that drafted him.

Will Burchfield
February 12, 2020 - 11:58 am

It sounds like Cameron Maybin is returning to Detroit -- again. 

The veteran outfield is 'close to a deal' with the Tigers, according to Jon Heyman. It would be his third stint with the team that drafted him 10th overall in 2005. 

Maybin will likely compete for a corner outfield spot; the Tigers have been searching for a veteran to push Christin Stewart in left and Victor Reyes in right. He could also push JaCoby Jones in center, although Maybin hasn't been an everyday centerfielder since his last stint with the Tigers. 

That was in 2016, when Maybin batted a career-high .315 over 91 games. The Tigers traded him to the Angels that winter for reliever Victor Alcantara. His first stint with the team was back in 2007, after which he was packaged in the blockbuster deal that brought Miguel Cabrera to Detroit. 

Maybin, 32, is coming off a bounceback season with the Yankees after a couple down years. He hit .285 with a career-best .858 OPS and 11 homers over 82 games, while splitting his time in the outfield between left and right. 

Once one of the crown jewels of the Tigers organization, Maybin has always spoken fondly of playing in Detroit. When he returned to Comerica with the Angels in 2017, he lamented the fact an injury kept him out of the lineup. 

“I got out there today and I was running around thinking, ‘Damn I played good here.' I wish I was going to be on the field," he said. "Just the atmosphere, the fans here are truly amazing, the way they get behind the guys through the ups and downs. I’ll definitely miss not playing this series for sure.

“These fans were incredible to me and I really enjoyed giving them a great effort every day. But hopefully somehow, I’ll be back next year and get a chance to play.”

A few years later, it sounds like that chance his coming.