It’s a different era in Detroit. The Tigers are slashing payroll, evidenced by the team trading Cameron Maybin.
General manager Al Avila is in a tough spot, because the Tigers are still supposed to be competitive, even though the team’s taken a different direction.
The Motor City Kitties plan on having an open competition for the starting centerfielder’s job now that Maybin is gone.
With the team speaking in that tone, it sounds like they’ll be patrolling the market, and Davis could be a fit.
Maybin is to earn $9 million this season. Even if the Tigers get the 36-year old Davis for $7 million per season, they’d be saving $2 million.
Plus, at Davis’ advanced age, Detroit certainly won’t want to give Davis a long-term contract. Detroit could sign someone for the short term who can help the team stay competitive, while his contract would come off the books in a season or two.