The Los Angeles Angels have acquired 29-year old righty swinging outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Detroit Tigers for 23-year old righty starter/reliever Victor Alcantara. After acquiring Maybin, they instantly picked up his option for the 2017 season, valued at $9 million bucks. Maybin played in 94 games last year for the Tigers and he was 110 of 349 (.315 avg, .801 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 4 homers, 43 RBI and 15 stolen bases. Maybin has now played in 796 games in his first 10 years in the show and he is 706 of 2,727 (.259 avg, .694 OPS) with 403 runs scored, 46 homers, 252 RBI and 131 stolen bases. Maybin will instantly fill the Black Hole that was left field for the Angels in 2017! He will improve them both offensively and defensively in 2017, as he is a natural center fielder.
Alcantara came into the 2016 season as the Angels’ #4 prospect according to Baseball America. He pitched in 29 games (20 starts) in AA-ball for the Angels last year and he was 3-7 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. Alcantara gave up 106 hits and 57 walks while whiffing 79 batters in 111 innings in the minors last year. Alcantara pitched in 114 games (93 starts) in his five years in the minors for the Angels and he was 24-34 with 1 save, a 4.60 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. He has not shown much improvement over the years in the minors for the Angels, despite having a great arm. I love this deal for the Angels, as it shows that they are serious about winning again in 2017.