While Infante struggled in 2016, logging a .600 OPS and a 56 wRC+, there’s plenty of upside as a potential bench cog.
A return to Detroit could help Infante regain the pop he displayed as a member of the Tigers from 2002 through 2008 and during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
In eight years with the franchise, the 34-year-old has mashed 112 doubles and 46 home runs. Infante’s best three seasons in terms of home run out put (2004, 2012 and 2013) have all come while wearing a Tigers uniform.
Per usual, many of Detroit’s starters posted excellent stats in terms of driving in runs. However, the team’s bench was somewhat lacking from an offensive numbers.
With the offseason still underway, it’s possible that the team could make changes before Spring Training. Infante could head into camp with more or less competition depending on Al Avila’s actions over the coming months.