Tigers get some bang for a lot of bucks by signing Baez to a big six-year deal

Detroit, Michigan - There’s more moving and shaking in the MLB as another big name gets himself new digs, thanks to a multi-year deal involving the Detroit Tigers.

Javier Baez leaves the Mets after his previous contract ran out at the end of the 2021 season.
Javier Baez leaves the Mets after his previous contract ran out at the end of the 2021 season.  © IMAGO/ZUMA Wire

Former National League All-Star and Gold Glove winner Javier Baez (29) has left the New York Mets for the Tigers in a big multi-year contract.

News of the deal was first reported by ESPN’s Buster Olney on Tuesday.

Baez’s new contract is for six years with a price tag of $140 million, with an opt-out option.

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The former Mets shortstop just finished a rather tumultuous season in NY after being traded there over the summer from the Chicago Cubs, the team who originally drafted him in 2011.

While in Chicago, Baez helped the Cubs win the World Series in 2016, their first in 108 years, also earning NLCS MVP honors that year. He also won a Silver Slugger Award in 2018 and his only Gold Glove in 2020.

Despite rough outings in NYC that included giving disgruntled Mets fans a taste of their own medicine, Baez’s contract ran out, allowing him to test the free-agent waters.

He finished the 2021 regular season with a .265 batting average for 133 hits that included 31 home runs, and 87 RBI.

Baez rocks up to Detroit with a .264 career batting average, 149 homers, and 465 RBI.

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