Honestly, I didn’t think the Tigers would benefit much from signing Yoenis Cespedes. I didn’t see the need to replace Delmon Young in left field, despite a groundswell of cries from some media and fans about his low on-base percentage.
But Young would fit in better at DH than left field where he struggles with the glove. Cespedes has the tools to be an above-average defender, regardless of the concerns about his ability to hit major league pitching. He is a superior athlete.
The problem is Victor Martinez. Who will miss this season with a knee injury, was the perfect 5th-hole to bat behind Miguel Cabrera. Doesn’t matter what the free agent list says – he’s irreplaceable in that sense. Does Jim Leyland move Young to third in the order and Young to fifth? How about moving Jhonny Peralta to third?
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