A little over a year ago, Rich Hill was pitching for the Long Island Ducks. Everyone knows Hill’s story. The former top prospect washed out of the majors, signed with an Independent League team, completely rebuilt himself and is now one of the best pitchers in the game.
In a post brainstorming trade ideas for this winter, Tigers fan and FanSided contributor Ben Rosener suggests Detroit send OF Cameron Maybin and utility-man Andrew Romine to the Mets for Juan Lagares and two prospects. Maybin, 29, hit .315 with a .383 OBP, four home runs, 14 doubles, 43 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 94 games for the Tigers in 2016. He is a career .259 hitter during roughly 3,000 plate appearances. Maybin will earn $9 million in 2017, after which he is eligible to be a free agent. Romine, 30, hit .236 with just two HR, eight stolen bases and 16 RBI, while playing every position in 2016, including pitching one inning in relief. Tigers GM Al Avila recently told local reporters that
The first time Anthony Rizzo struck out Wednesday night he dropped his bat where he was, right there at his feet. This was before all the hits, all the runs, before he back-spun that fastball into the bleachers, before the Chicago Cubs tied the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at a two games apiece. The second time Anthony Rizzo struck out he carried his bat to the dugout, a slow walk with that bat held away from him, like it smelled bad or had been dipped in uranium, and there’d be no sense in having someone else exposed.