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Detroit Tigers: Five Spencer Turnbull Trades

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 06: Spencer Turnbull #56 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Oakland Athletics at Ring Central Coliseum on September 06, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 06: Spencer Turnbull #56 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Oakland Athletics at Ring Central Coliseum on September 06, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 12: Jahmai Jones #74 of the Los Angeles Angels heads for third after hitting a triple in the intrasquad game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 12, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 12: Jahmai Jones #74 of the Los Angeles Angels heads for third after hitting a triple in the intrasquad game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 12, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

Spencer Turnbull and Buck Farmer to the Los Angeles Angels for OF Jordyn Adams and 2B/OF Jahmai Jones

General managers Al Avila and Billy Eppler both took over their respective clubs in the middle of 2015, and they’ve completed five deals since. While Avila has been overseeing a protracted rebuild, Eppler has been repeatedly failing to put a contender around Mike Trout. Starting pitching has been a consistent problem in L.A. — they rank 30th in starting pitching fWAR since 2016 — and Turnbull would represent a cheap and immediate upgrade. Farmer adds a solid piece to their bullpen for the next two seasons.

Tigers fans hoping for Jo Adell or Brandon Marsh may be disappointed, but Eppler might be limited in what he can do, and in Adams they’d be getting one of the most dynamic athletes in baseball. He’s risky, but carries superstar upside. Jones has less upside, but he’s a good athlete with plus makeup who could be a solid regular.

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