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Detroit Tigers acquire Cameron Maybin from Atlanta Braves

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Braves trade Cameron Maybin to Tigers

The Tigers re-acquired their 2005 first round draft pick from the Atlanta Braves on Friday in exchange for left-handed pitchers Ian Krol and Gabe Speier.

According to MLB.com's Mark Bowman, trading Maybin results in a roughly $6.5 million salary savings for the Braves.

With the many trades that the Braves have completed over the past year, this one may sting the most.

"It was tough to trade Cameron, but this trade follows our pattern of adding pitching prospects and creating future payroll flexibility", Braves general manager John Coppolella wrote in a message.

Collins had a nice showing through 60 games with the Tigers last season, hitting.266/.316/.417 with four homers, but many have raised questions as to whether or not he should be the team's everyday left fielder.

Maybin will earn $8M in 2016, and carries a club option for 2017 as well. He is under contractual control through 2020. In 28 appearances with the Mud Hens he was 1-1 with a 2.30 ERA, with 34 strikeouts.

Speier, 20, has yet to appear above the Single-A level. Speier 4-2 2.86 ERA in 33 games in the Tigers minors in 2015.

The 28 year old outfielder, once dealt in exchange for Miguel Cabrera, will get to play for the Detroit Tigers after all.

Maybin hit.267/.327/.370 last year with the Braves last year and has graded out typically as an average to slightly-above average defender in center field in his career. According to Hardball Talk's Aaron Gleeman, the team used 16 different players at the position since letting Maybin go. Maybin made his major league debut for Detroit in 2007 before being traded to the Marlins. The Padres traded Maybin to the Padres after the 2010 season.

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