According to sources, this transaction also includes opt-out. This will be the second largest free agent transaction in Tigers franchise history. (Prince Fielder signed a nine-year, $ 214 million contract with Detroit in January 2012.)
Baez, who recorded the league’s highest 184 innings last season, recorded .265 with 31 home runs, 87 RBIs and 18 steals. He also brings the Gold Glove Defense to Detroit with his signature Nooruk Tag.
The Tigers have been looking for shortstops since 77-85 last season. He finished third in AL Central, behind Cleveland and the Chicago White Sox.
Baez was selected in the first round of the 2011 draft. The two National League All-Stars were about to sign a long-term extension with Chicago before the 2020 season, but the COVID-19 pandemic put the negotiations on hold.
These contract negotiations never resumed, and the Cubs exchanged Baez for Mets this July.
ESPN’s Jesse Rogers and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
– MLB Sports
Detroit Tigers agrees to a multi-year deal with free-agent shortstop Javier Baez, sources say
https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/32753025/detroit-tigers-closing-multi-year-deal-free-agent-shortstop-javier-baez-source-says Detroit Tigers agrees to a multi-year deal with free-agent shortstop Javier Baez, sources say