Wednesday’s MLB: Ex-Tiger Maybin back with Marlins

Steven Wine
Associated Press

Jupiter, Fla. — Veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin had to correct himself Wednesday as he talked about rejoining the team that first made him an everyday player.

He said he was happy to be back with the Florida Marlins before noting a name change since he left.

“It has been a while — what, about 10 years, I think,” Maybin said.

He actually departed after the 2010 season. The franchise became the Miami Marlins two years later, and now Maybin’s back. The well-traveled 11-year veteran signed a $3.25 million, one-year contract and gives the young, rebuilding Marlins much-needed experience.

“I’m excited about what I can bring back as a little older player,” Maybin said.

“I’m here to help lead in the right direction and create a culture of togetherness.”

For Maybin, the deal carries the risk of taking him from first to worst. He helped the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series as a reserve outfielder, and now he joins a team rebooting after a payroll purge by new CEO Derek Jeter.

But Maybin, 30, said the opportunity to play every day appealed to him. He can play all three outfield positions, and along with flexibility he gives the Marlins veteran stability.

“When you look at how we’re constructed, there is a lot of youth,” president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. “It’s nice to mix in an element of guys who have been through the battles and can help the young guys develop.”

The previous time Maybin came to the Marlins, they were in the midst of another payroll-reducing makeover. He was acquired before the 2008 season along with left-handed pitching prospects Dontrelle Willis and Andrew Miller in a seven-player deal that sent slugger Miguel Cabrera to the Tigers.

“I was a kid,” Maybin said.

“It’s something I’ll never forget, being a part of something so big.”

He spent three years with Florida, and is a .255 career hitter in 11 seasons with six teams. Last year he batted only .228 for the Angels and Astros, but he had 33 steals to rank second in the American League.

Cepeda hospitalized

The San Francisco Giants say Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda remains hospitalized in critical condition after a cardiac incident. The Giants gave an update Wednesday on the condition of the 80-year-old Cepeda.

He was taken to a Bay Area hospital late Monday.

Cepeda has been a regular at San Francisco home games. He played first base during 17 seasons in the majors, beginning with the Giants. He also played for St. Louis, Atlanta, Oakland, Boston and Kansas City.

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