Detroit Tigers: Five Spencer Turnbull Trades
Spencer Turnbull and Austin Romine to the New York Yankees for OF Miguel Andujar, SS Oswald Peraza, and LHP Ken Waldichuk
Outside of Gerrit Cole, New York’s rotation has been pretty shaky this year, and Turnbull would provide an immediate upgrade over J.A. Happ. He would also slot in nicely next year when the Yankees are set to lose Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, and probably Happ. Romine spent years as a backup in New York, and here he briefly reprises that role to take some of the burden away from Gary Sanchez, who is catching a greater percentage of games than he ever has before.
This is a risky return for the Tigers, but also one with a lot of upside. Andujar was a top-30 hitter as a rookie in 2018, but a torn labrum kept him out for almost all of 2019, and he has struggled in limited action this year. He was a bad defender at third base, and he’s a very aggressive hitter, but he has the tools to be a solid corner outfielder, and the Tigers would have him for three years. Peraza turned 20 in June and hasn’t played above Low-A, but he looks like a potential above-average hitter with speed and the chance to be an above-average defender at shortstop. Waldichuk was a 5th rounder in 2019 with good size and a chance for three average pitches.