The Detroit Tigers have (sort of) lost the Shane Greene trade from 2019 after the Atlanta Braves have taken back Travis Demeritte. The Tigers lost Demeritte after placing him on waivers, prompting the Braves to step in and claim him.
He has only been with the organization since 2019, after being traded here along with Joey Wentz in exchange for then-closer Shane Greene. The loss of Demeritte makes this trade look like a loss for the Detroit Tigers. There is still time with Wentz, but things do not look the brightest there.
Wentz missed 2020 while undergoing Tommy John Surgery, meaning he will just be getting back to the mound; however, he has had a few different arm issues in the past already. Demeritte was not exactly a highly-touted prospect, and there was not a lot of excitement around him.
During his short stay with the Tigers, it was pretty clear that Demeritte was going to struggle after making the jump to the big leagues. Not to say that he cannot find his way with the Braves, but his time in Detroit was not the most promising.
The Detroit Tigers lost outfielder Travis Demeritte to the Atlanta Braves via waivers, and it might have been for the best.
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In 2019 after being acquired, Demeritte played in 48 big league games where he totaled 169 at-bats and hit .225/.286/.343 with just three home runs and 10 RBI while being punched out 63 times.
Sadly, things would not get much better in 2020, and his sample size would decrease. During the 2020 season, Demeritte only found his way into 18 games for the Tigers, where he totaled just 29 at-bats.
Demeritte would hit .172/.273/.207 after being punched out nearly half the time with fourteen punchouts.
The Tigers have cut bait with Demeritte, and it may have been for the best. As mentioned earlier, things were not looking promising for Demeritte, and the organization has brought in some other outfielders to fill the void.
This offseason, the Tigers agreed to a two-year deal with switch-hitting Robbie Grossman and a recently signed one-year contract with outfielder and left-handed bat Nomar Mazara. JaCoby Jones is also healthy and returning to the outfield once again.
Do not forget about Victor Reyes, a switch-hitter and former Rule 5 draft pick who is more than deserving of playing time in 2021. Speaking of Rule 5 draft picks, the Tigers also selected Akil Baddoo, who must stay on the 26-man roster this year and is another outfielder the Tigers have.
Alright, alright, you get the picture. There was not a lot of room for Demeritte in the Tigers outfield and after his lackluster start with the organization, surrendering him to waivers was probably for the best.
However, it does make the reality of Avila “losing” the Shane Greene trade look more than likely, but that is okay.