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Thursday, November 3, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE FALLOUT: CAMERON MAYBIN ON THE MOVE AGAIN, THIS TIME TO ANGELS

While he has shown some promise in finally realizing his once vast potential, outfilder Cameron Maybin is on the move again as it was reported that the Detroit Tigers have agreed to ship him to the Los Angeles Angels.  With the World Series not even 24 hours in the books, Maybin moving to the Angels is one of the first moves of the Hot Stove season as 2017 fantasy baseball begins to already come into some focus.  As far as Maybin is concerned, he comes off a rough 2016 campaign where only got into 94 games due to injury and his offensive numbvers left a lot to be desired:

.315
4 HR
43 RBI
65 R
15 SB

The .315 average can be thrown out right away as Maybin received an insanely lucky .383 BABIP and for his career, he has mostly been in the mediocre .265 range due to historically high K rates.  Now in Maybin's defense, he lowered his K/9 rarte to a very solid 17.6 last season and his 9.2 BB/9 was excellent.  That points to Maybin becoming more of a .280 hitter or better with that profile and keep in mind he is still only 29 despite the fact it seems like he has been around forever.  Already having done stints with the Braves, Tigers (twice), Marlins, and Padres, Maybin has had quite a few letdown years along the way which is why he is always on the move.  His top athleticism is what makes teams keep coming back to Maybin and his initial post-draft profile of being a future power/speed dynamo started to finally take shape in 2015 when he hit 10 home runs and stole 23 bases.  Maybin still runs at a high clip and so 20-plus steals are likely in 2017 since the Angels are always one of the more aggressive running teams.  The power is the question mark here as Maybin has mostly been a single digit home run guy in his career and projecting him in the 8-12 range is where we would go this season.  Combine that with a bit of an average increase and Maybin can be a solid outfielder 3 again for a cheap draft price.


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