MLB: AL non-tender roundup: Tigers split with Spencer Turnbull


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The Detroit Tigers non-tendered right-hander Spencer Turnbull and outfielder Austin Meadows prior to Friday’s deadline to offer contracts for arbitration-eligible players.

Turnbull and Meadows are now free agents.

Turnbull, 31, threw a no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners in 2021, marking the first time (and only time) he pitched more than seven innings in a major league game. He went 12-29 overall with a 4.55 ERA in 61 appearances (60 starts) for the Tigers in parts of five seasons.

Last season, he was 1-4 with a 7.26 ERA in seven starts while missing time with neck and toe injuries. He missed the entire 2022 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Meadows, 28, played in six games at the outset of the 2023 season for Detroit before missing the rest of the campaign due to mental health reasons. He also dealt with anxiety issues in 2022.

Meadows batted just .248 with no homers and 13 RBIs in 42 games with Detroit over two seasons after being acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays for Isaac Paredes in April 2022. Paredes has hit 51 homers since the trade.

While with Tampa Bay, Meadows hit a career-high 33 homers in 2019 when he was an All-Star. He drove in a career-best 106 runs in 2021, when he smacked 27 homers.

Overall, Meadows has a .259 career average with 70 homers and 238 RBIs in 417 major league games with the Pittsburgh Pirates (2018), Tampa Bay (2019-21) and Detroit.

The Tigers also announced that they didn’t tender contracts to right-handers Brenan Hanifee, Garrett Hill and Freddy Pacheco.

In other AL Central moves, the Minnesota Twins non-tendered left-hander Jovani Moran and right-hander Ronny Henriquez. The Kansas City Royals non-tendered left-hander Austin Cox, outfielder Diego Hernandez, catcher Logan Porter and right-hander Josh Staumont.

In the American League East, the New York Yankees did not tender deals to right-handers Albert Abreu and Lou Trivino, as well as left-hander Anthony Misiewicz, while the Tampa Bay Rays non-tendered right-hander Cooper Criswell. The Boston Red Sox are set to part ways with right-hander Wyatt Mills. The Toronto Blue Jays non-tendered right-hander Adam Cimber, who had made 323 appearances over six seasons with four teams.

In the American League West, the World Series champion Texas Rangers non-tendered right-hander Matt Bush and left-hander Brett Martin. The Oakland Athletics didn’t tender a deal to infielder Kevin Smith, while the Los Angeles Angels moved on from right-hander Jose Marte. The Seattle Mariners parted ways with first baseman Mike Ford.

–Field Level Media


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