The Indians announced that they’ve signed free-agent outfielder Cameron Maybin to a minor league contract. He’ll head to the club’s Triple-A affiliate in Columbus for the time being. Maybin, a client of Excel Sports, was in Spring Training with the Giants but was released at the end of camp.
Maybin, who’ll turn 32 in early April, struggled to a .163/.250/.233 performance with the Giants during Cactus League play. A DUI arrest midway through Spring Training assuredly didn’t help his chances of making the roster in San Francisco. The Giants ultimately broke camp with Steven Duggar, Gerardo Parra, Connor Joe and Michael Reed comprising a shaky collection of outfielders.
The Indians’ outfield mix is hardly well-defined, though it’s less shaky than the Giants’ piecemeal compilation. Cleveland opened the season with Jake Bauers, Leonys Martin and Tyler Naquin in left field, center field and right field, respectively. Fleet-footed Greg Allen as a reserve option, and Jordan Luplow broke camp as a likely platoon partner for Naquin.
Maybin will join fellow veterans Carlos Gonzalez and Brandon Barnes as well as prospect Oscar Mercado in the mix for playing time with Triple-A Columbus early in the year. That collection of names could change quickly, as Gonzalez is reported to have an opt-out provision in early April if he’s not added to the big league roster by that point.
Maybin still has well above-average speed but isn’t quite the burner that he once was. Back in 2015, Statcast pegged Maybin’s 29.1 ft/sec average sprint speed 26th in the Majors, but he’s lost a tenth of a second or two each year since that time and checked in at 28.5 ft/sec last season (tied for 101st of 549 players). He’s spent time with the Angels, Astros, Marlins and Mariners across the past two seasons and posted a collective .237/.322/.351 batting line with 14 homers, 34 doubles, four triples and 43 stolen bases in 834 plate appearances along the way.