3 bad contracts the Tigers will regret having on the books this offseason

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Spencer Turnbull: estimated increase to $2,400,000, up from $2,150,000

Pitcher Spencer Turnbull doesn't have a contract yet, and the Tigers shouldn't offer him one. MLB Trade Rumors projects Turnbull, who is arbitration eligible this year, to be the second most expensive arbitration player after Tarik Skubal. In fairness, his price is still relatively low at $2.4 million, but the Tigers still shouldn't pay it. After half of a great 2021 season, when he posted a 2.88 ERA over 50 innings and threw the eighth no hitter in Tigers history, he went down with a forearm strain that snowballed into requiring Tommy John surgery, which then caused him to miss all of 2022.

He made seven bad starts for the Tigers in 2023 and ended with a 7.26 ERA before being sent down to the minors, where he suffered a neck injury and went on the 60-day IL. Inviting Turnbull back and paying him $2.4 million to presumably go back and forth between the majors and Triple-A would be a mistake. It's disappointing; Turnbull had a lot of promise, but at this point seems too injury prone to keep on the payroll.

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