The Detroit Tigers are in the middle of a rebuilding process, there is no question about that. One of the keys of a rebuild is to have a veteran presence to help mold the younger players on the team.
On Tuesday it was revealed that the Tigers have added a veteran infielder to their team by signing former 1st Round pick, Gordon Beckham.
Gordon Beckham among Tigers non-roster camp invitees.
— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) January 22, 2019
In 10 seasons, Beckham has hit.239 with 74 home runs and 336 RBIs. In 2018, he hit .182 win 22 games with the Seattle Mariners.
Since the 2016 season, Beckham has played in more than 90 games just one time.
Beckham will have a chance to earn a backup spot on the team in Spring Training and if that does not work out he will provide some organizational depth at the triple-A level.
Kerryon Johnson is fired up about Detroit Lions’ new OC Darrell Bevell
On Wednesday, the Detroit Lions shocked just about everybody by announcing that Darrell Bevell would be their next offensive coordinator. Bevell’s name was rarely (if at all) mentioned as a potential candidate by the so-called “experts” and it was fun to watch the comments on social media flow in about whether or not it was the right hire.
One person excited about the hire is Lions’ running back Kerryon Johnson. Johnson spoke to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press about his anticipation of playing for Bevell, a coach who has worked with running backs like Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch.
By most accounts, Bevell is a run-first offensive coordinator and that has Johnson hoping it means more touches for him.
“Obviously with my position, that makes me excited and I hope that is the direction we try to go in,” Johnson said. “But regardless of the direction I want us to go in, it’s about the team and how we win games. So if he wants to bring that and that’s where we go with it, that’s where we go with it. If not, if he sees our team go in a different direction and that’s what we do, as long as we win, I’m fine.”
Johnson, who missed the end of his rookie season with a sprained knee said he is healed up and ready to roll.
During his rookie campaign, Johnson showed flashes of greatness as he rushed for 641 yards (5.4 per attempt) and three touchdowns while adding 213 yards and another touchdown receiving.
If Kerryon can stay healthy, you can bet your bottom dollar that those stats will improve greatly in 2019.