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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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ATLANTA, GA – AUGUST 21: Scott Kingery #4 of the Philadelphia Phillies dives but fails to come up with the ball off the bat of Travis d’Arnaud of the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning of an MLB game at Truist Park on August 21, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA – AUGUST 21: Scott Kingery #4 of the Philadelphia Phillies dives but fails to come up with the ball off the bat of Travis d’Arnaud of the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning of an MLB game at Truist Park on August 21, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

Spencer Turnbull and Jose Cisnero to the Philadelphia Phillies for UTIL Scott Kingery, SS Luis Garcia, and RHP Francisco Morales

This one adds a bit of a twist, because Detroit would actually be taking on some salary. The Phillies gave Kingery a six-year, $24 million deal before he ever played an MLB game, and though he was primarily a second baseman in the minors, he has played mostly shortstop and center field in the bigs. He was an above-average player in 2019, though he struggled mightily in the second half, and his 2020 has been a disaster. A change of scenery may help, and in Detroit he could return to his natural position. Garcia is a promising young switch-hitter who struggled in low-A but should be able to stick at shortstop, and Morales is a probable future reliever, but one with the raw stuff of a future closer.

Cisnero would help Philly’s woeful bullpen, and Turnbull would allow them to push Vince Velasquez and possibly Spencer Howard to the pen for now, and give them a solid rotation replacement for Jake Arrieta next year.

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