4. SP Spencer Turnbull
There was a lot of hope for Turnbull in 2021. He got off to a great start with a 2.88 ERA in his first nine starts. He looked like a borderline ace. Then, the injuries hit.
A forearm strain turned into Tommy John surgery, and he missed the entire 2022 season. Heading into 2023, there was renewed optimism. He looked really good in spring training. Unfortunately, that did not translate to regular season success.
Turnbull had a 7.26 ERA in seven starts this season before being sent down to Triple-A Toledo, then not being sent down after he revealed he had been pitching with a neck injury. Then he hired a new agent by the name of Scott Boras. You can see where this is going.
Long story short, he did not pitch for the Tigers again this season. And we don't anticipate him coming back for 2024. It's clear he doesn't want to be here anymore.
It stinks that it didn't work out here, and it's even worse that things played out the way they did. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.