It might not have seemed like much when the Seattle Mariners acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Miami Marlins this week, and like most of you, I did not make much of it. Maybin hit .251 for the Marlins over 99 games and 287 plate appearances, and he stole a disappointing eight bases in 13 attempts. Maybin nearly led the AL in stolen bases last season with 33. He did not do much else for the Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros, though, and he does not seem like a starting outfielder for a contender at this point of his career.
But think again. Maybin batted fifth in Wednesday's losing lineup, hitting a single and walking twice, and there is the promise of regular playing time. The Mariners are also going to get suspended second baseman Robinson Cano back soon, and while the club claims regular at-bats are not a guarantee (and they might not come at his usual position), the Mariners are intriguing for several reasons.