The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a six-year, $140 million deal with Javier Báez.
There is no Carlos Correa for the Detroit Tigers.
To avoid losing out on two of the best shortstops in the market, the Detroit Tigers had to make a quick decision. It appeared late Monday night that the Tigers were nearing a deal with Javier Báez, their shortstop of choice.
A six-year, $140 million contract with the team was signed by Báez by the time the sun came up. Having earned over $23 million per season on his contract, he will join the team’s future as they look to emerge from the rebuild.
Báez may not be Correa, but he’s a better deal than what the Tigers would have paid for the slugger. Although the long-term value of Báez’s contract is still a concern, the annual salary of about $35 million that I estimate Correa will receive is better than that of Báez.
Javier Báez has signed a six-year contract with the Detroit Tigers.
There is no doubt that Báez will have a positive impact on this team. However, there are flaws in the plan to give him $23 million over the course of six years. However, despite the fact that three or four good seasons will make up for the two years of incredibly high strikeout rates, it’s still not the best.
Báez had 502 at-bats last year, split between Chicago and New York, hitting.265/.319/.494 with 31 home runs and 87 RBI. However, his 184 strikeouts this season were the most in the league.
I’d like to see his fielding percentage rise above.968 over the course of the next few seasons, especially as a Gold Glove winner. It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the long run.
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