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Apr 9, 2024 0 0 0 0 0.5
Apr 8, 2024 1 0 0 0 2
Apr 6, 2024 0 0 0 0 -1
Apr 5, 2024 0 0 0 0
Apr 4, 2024 1 0 0 1 4

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Player Outlook
Javier Baez's time in Detroit has mostly been a disaster so far. The shortstop signed a six-year, $140 million contract with the Tigers before the 2022 season and has proceeded to struggle each of the last two years. After posting a .671 OPS in 2022, he bottomed out with a .592 OPS last year, which was his worst outside of the .551 OPS he posted as a 21-year-old rookie in 2014. By comparison, Baez averaged a .783 OPS across eight seasons before coming over to Detroit. Not surprisingly, his counting stats were down in 2023 as well, as he recorded only nine home runs and 59 RBI across 136 games. Baez lowered his strikeout rate a little bit, from 24.9% to 22.9%, though he continued to rarely take walks and mostly made weak contact on his swings. Now entering his age-31 season, Baez clearly looks like a player on the decline. Some fantasy managers will likely roll the dice given his past performance, though there is nothing in his recent profile to suggest a turnaround is coming anytime soon.

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2024 9.51.1 1 2 3 .152
2023 277.52 58 9 59 24 12 .222
2022 323.52.2 64 17 67 26 9 .238
3y Avg. 3312.4 67 19 71 26 13 .241
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Not in Sunday's lineup

    Baez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the A's, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports. Baez is 4-for-26 through his first seven games of the season and will take a seat for Sunday's series finale versus Oakland. Zach McKinstry will step in at shortstop and bat eighth.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Sitting out first game of twin bill

    Baez is not in the lineup for the first game of Thursday's doubleheader versus the Mets. Zach McKinstry will get the start at shortstop in place of Baez. Baez is just 3-for-16 with a 6:0 K:BB in the early going this season. He'll likely be back at shortstop for the second contest Thursday.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Taking seat Tuesday

    Baez is absent from the lineup for Tuesday's game versus the Mets. Baez had started each of he Tigers' first four contests, going 3-for-16 with a 6:0 K:BB. Zach McKinstry will fill in at shortstop Tuesday and bat ninth.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Scores lone run in opening win

    Baez went 1-for-4 with a run scored in Thursday's 1-0 win over the White Sox. He also stole a base. Baez manufactured the game's lone run in the third inning. He led off the frame with a single, stole second, then advanced to third and scored on a pair of sacrifice flies. While it's a decently promising start for the shortstop, it was concerning to see him bat eighth on Opening Day. Baez may be able to have a bounceback campaign in 2024, though it would help his cause if he's able to move up in the order.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Spring struggles continue

    Baez, who went 0-for-2 with an RBI in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins, is now batting just .050 this spring. Baez has gone just 1-for-20 with 10 strikeouts across nine spring games. Veteran players can often be given a free pass for slow starts, but with Baez struggling mightily in his first two seasons with the Tigers, the recent performance is worrisome. The 31-year-old should still have a fairly firm hold on the starting shortstop role, though fantasy managers may want to look elsewhere, at least until Baez shows any signs of getting going at the plate.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Trying to overcome nagging injuries

    Baez revealed Friday that he's dealt with nagging back and core issues over the last two seasons, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. Baez altered his offseason training routine in order to strengthen those areas and said he's now feeling much better. Perhaps the injury problems can partly explain Baez's dreadful .230/.273/.361 slash line during his two years in Detroit, but fantasy managers will likely need to see tangible improvement from the 31-year-old before investing.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Finishes down year with two hits

    Baez went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Guardians. It was a nice game for Baez but a disappointing season, as he finishes with a .592 OPS, nine home runs and 59 RBI across 136 games. Excluding the condensed 2020 campaign, it was the first time the shortstop finished with fewer than 10 long balls since 2015. Baez has so far not come close to living up to the six-year, $140 million contract he signed with the Tigers before the 2022 season, though he figures to be a regular again in 2024 and will look to turn things around in Detroit. Baez does have an opt-out in his contract, though it seems financially unwise that he would take it.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: On bench Saturday

    Baez is not in the lineup Saturday against the Guardians. If Baez does not appear in the game Saturday, he will finish September with a .642 OPS and one home run. Andy Ibanez will start at second base, with Zach McKinstry sliding over to shortstop.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Taking seat Thursday

    Baez is absent from the lineup for Thursday's game against the Royals. The Tigers are going with Zack Short at shortstop in the final game of the series versus Kansas City. Baez had been in the lineup for each of the previous three contests.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: On bench Saturday

    Baez (back) is not in the lineup Saturday against the Athletics. Prior to Friday's start, Baez missed three games with back tightness. In his return, he went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored. After a solid game at the plate, the shortstop heads back to the bench. Andy Ibanez will play at second base, with Zach McKinstry sliding over to shortstop.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Two doubles in return

    Baez (back) went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored in Friday's 8-2 loss to the Athletics. Baez sat out three games with back tightness, and he returned with a strong showing. It was just his third multi-hit effort in September, and he's batting a paltry .233 (10-for-43) for the month. Overall, the shortstop has a .220/.268/.324 slash line with nine home runs, 58 RBI, 57 runs scored, 12 stolen bases and 16 doubles through 131 games.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Returns to lineup

    Baez (back) is starting at shortstop and batting seventh Friday against Oakland. Baez has missed Detroit's last three games due to back tightness, but the issue appears to have subsided ahead of Friday's contest. The 30-year-old shortstop is slashing .200/.304/.300 with four RBI since the beginning of September.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Expected back Friday

    Baez (back) is expected to rejoin the lineup Friday against the Athletics, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports. Baez has been out of the lineup for three consecutive games, but he is available off the bench Thursday. His return will likely hurt the playing time of Andy Ibanez.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Remains out with tight back

    Baez (back) is out of the lineup again Thursday at Oakland. Baez missed the final two games of the Tigers' three-game set at Dodger Stadium due to lower-back tightness and remains sidelined for Thursday's series opener against the Athletics. Zach McKinstry will start at shortstop and bat second versus A's right-hander Luis Medina.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Out again with back issue

    Baez (back) remains out of the lineup Wednesday versus the Dodgers. Baez was scratched Tuesday due to lower-back tightness and needs at least a bit more rest and treatment. Zach McKinstry will play shortstop and bat second for the Tigers on Wednesday in Los Angeles.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Scratched with back tightness

    Baez was scratched from the Tigers' lineup ahead of Tuesday's game against the Dodgers due to lower-back tightness, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.. The Tigers haven't given any details on how severe Baez's injury is, but he should be considered day-to-day going forward. Zack Short will fill in for Baez at shortstop and bat eighth Tuesday.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Collects four RBI

    Baez went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, four RBI and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Angels. Baez clocked a solo homer in the fourth inning before ripping a bases-clearing double in the eighth. He snapped a 16-game homerless drought and produced his first multi-RBI game since Aug. 21. Baez has just two home runs in 29 games since the start of August, slashing .195/.263/.287 during that span. For the year, he owns a .586 OPS with 27 extra-base hits through 511 plate appearances.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Not in lineup Wednesday

    Baez is absent from the lineup for Wednesday's game versus the Reds. Baez has now started just six of the Tigers' last 13 games and over that stretch he's gone 4-for-21 with a 33.3 percent strikeout rate. Zach McKinstry is playing shortstop and leading off Wednesday.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Bound for bench

    Baez will sit Saturday against the White Sox. Baez has seemingly played himself out of an everyday role down the stretch, as he finds himself on the bench for the third time in the last six games. He hasn't hit like anything close to an everyday player this season, slashing .221/.267/.319. Zack Short will serve as the shortstop Saturday.
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  • Tigers' Javier Baez: Out of Wednesday's lineup

    Baez is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Yankees. Baez missed some time last week due to general soreness and is sitting Wednesday for the second time in four games since he rejoined the lineup Saturday. Zack Short will receive another start at shortstop in the veteran's place.
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