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Detroit – Steven Moya would probably dispute this – no, he would absolutely dispute this – but the Tigers' acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes may end up being a blessing for him.

Had they not traded for Cespedes, Moya might have had a chance to win a spot with the big club. Instead, he is ticketed for another year in the minor leagues – this time at Triple-A Toledo.

But, there is nobody in the Tigers front office who thinks Moya's long-term interests aren't best served with another year of seasoning.

"With a guy like Moya, you don't want to bring him up and have him on the bench only playing once in a while," said assistant general manager Al Avila. "This is a guy you want to be playing every single day, to continue to get that strike zone down.

"Believe me, when he's ready, he will come up and be an everyday player at that point. But right now, the way our team is set up, the right decision is for him to go to Triple-A."

Moya, rated the third-best prospect in the Tigers farm system by Baseball Prospectus, hit 35 home runs at Double-A Erie last season. He also struck out 161 times in 549 plate appearances.

"We don't have to rush him," president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "When he's ready, he's going to play."

The Tigers outfield is set, for the most part. Cespedes will play left, Anthony Gose and Rajai Davis will split centerfield and J.D. Martinez will play in right. If the Tigers carry a fifth outfielder, left-hand hitting Tyler Collins has the inside track on that.

Cespedes, though, will be a free agent after the 2015 season.

"You've got Cespedes now, a superstar in left field," Avila said. "And with Moya, you've got a superstar waiting in the wings."

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