In return, the Braves received left-handed pitchers Ian Krol and Gabe Speier. They also sent cash considerations to Detroit to pay for part of Maybin's $8 million salary in 2016.
Maybin, 28, returns to the team that made him their 1st round pick in the 2005 draft. He was sent to the Marlins in the trade that got the Tigers Miguel Cabrera.
He only played 24 games in a Detroit uniform in 2007, but returns after spending time with Miami, San Diego, and Atlanta.
Maybin hit .262/.327/.370 with 10 home runs and 59 RBIs over 555 plate appearances last season. He stole 23 bases and was caught just six times. According to FanGraphs, he was worth 1.0 WAR.
What role Maybin will play has yet to have been determined by Detroit.
The right-handed hitting Maybin could platoon in center field with Anthony Gose, similar to how Rajai Davis did so last season. Maybin hit for a .711 OPS against left-handers last season and could fill in nicely there.
The Braves receive two arms in return for Maybin, one of which could provide big league innings in 2016.
Krol, 24, was part of the Tigers' main return in their trade of Doug Fister two offseasons ago, but owns a career 4.91 ERA in 88 innings in the big leagues. He has struggled to stay up in the Majors, but with Atlanta he should get ample opportunity to do so.
Speier, 20, posted a 2.86 ERA in Class A West Michigan last year. He was drafted in the 19th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Red Sox and was traded to Detroit in the Rick Porcello deal.