Detroit Tigers: Nomar Mazara signs one-year deal to bolster outfield

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The Detroit Tigers have added to their outfield with another offseason addition. They have reportedly agreed to terms of a one-year, $1.75 million contract with outfielder Nomar Mazara. Cody Stavenhagen, reported for The Athletic, tweeted out the two sides were reportedly in agreement on a contract.

The left-handed-hitting bat checks what appeared to be the last remaining box on Al Avila’s offseason checklist. Mazara is just 25 years old and is an interesting outfielder that the Tigers are adding to the roster ahead of Spring Training.

Not to mention, Mazara signing for the amount he did is a great deal for the Tigers. It was super cheap for a player who should be able to tap into some power, even if the home runs do not show up. Being a player who can live in the right-center gap at Comerica Park would be a blessing.

His addition to this outfield is not the first of this offseason; the Tigers already signed Robbie Grossman, who will likely be the starting left fielder on Opening Day. They also selected Akil Baddoo in the Rule 5 Draft, who is an outfielder who has not even sniffed the big leagues.

The Detroit Tigers added outfielder Nomar Mazara on a one-year deal to help bolster their outfield ahead of 2021.

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As the Detroit Tigers continue to see Spring Training get closer and closer, signing Nomar Mazara adds some competition to the outfield group.

Mazara spent the 2020 season with the Chicago White Sox after getting traded there from the Texas Rangers in December of 2019.

He came into the league with the Rangers at the age of 21, where he started finding a model of consistency that he never faded from until last year.

In his first year, he hit .266/.320/.419 with 20 home runs and 64 RBI as a rookie. He would sit around that .255 to .260 mark with 20 home runs during his time in Texas.

Mazara did manage to break 100 RBI during the 2017 season. However, in the 2020 season, the power took a dip for Mazara. He played 42 games for the White Sox, where he hit .228/.295/.294 with one home run and 15 RBI.

The hope for Mazara’s stay in Detroit is that he can find a way to tap into the power he had in Texas. Mazara is going to have an opportunity to be one of the Tigers’ better hitters in 2021, but it starts in Spring Training.

He will be up against Grossman, JaCoby Jones, and Victor Reyes in Spring Training, but Mazara deserves quite the look in the outfield. If he can show that his power is there early on in Spring Training, expect Mazara to be one of the best signings the Tigers made of all the minimal ones this offseason.

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Keep an eye on Nomar Mazara as he looks to find his way in the Motor City.