Detroit Tigers trade former standout prospect to Los Angeles Dodgers

Andre Lipcius's time with the Detroit Tigers organization has come to an end as the team has traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Detroit Tigers infielder Andre Lipcius during media day.
Detroit Tigers infielder Andre Lipcius during media day. / Kevin C. Cox/GettyImages

The Detroit Tigers have gone out and made a trade after DFA'ing one of their former standout prospects. The Tigers drafted Andre Lipcius after he went out and put together a quality season for the Tennessee Volunteers program in Knoxville, Tenn. But, he was never really able to live up to his expectations.

The Detroit Tigers traded infielder Andre Lipcius to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations. He'll head to Los Angeles and likely serve as Triple-A depth and hope that the change of scenery allows him to tap into some of the upside he once showed.

Lipcius was considered an option for the Tigers' third base role if he had stuck around with the Tigers' organization; however, that never really happened with the Tigers' organization. He cracked the big league roster in 2023, finally playing in 13 games, but never really locked down a role.

He was drafted in 2019 in the third round after his career with the Vols' program. He spent four seasons working on getting to the big leagues but will be heading out west after this trade with the Dodgers.

The Detroit Tigers traded Andre Lipcius to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Lipcius will see if this change of scenery benefits him, and he can lock down a spot with the Dodgers organization. They have added him to the 40-man roster after moving Clayton Kershaw to the Injured List (IL). But it will be interesting to see what happens with the infielder.

In 2023, Lipcius logged 35 at-bats over 13 games played. He slashed .286/.342/.400 with two extra-base hits and four runs driven in. He walked three times and was punched out eight times along the way. Though he had spent most of his time with the Tigers organization in Triple-A, knocking on the door of the big leagues.

The Tigers sent Lipcius to the Dodgers for cash considerations, which makes it feel like there is a belief in the other options within the Tigers organization. They traded Lipcius but still have other players who could slot into the role he played with the Tigers organization in the minors.

Lipcius being traded also clears up some room in Triple-A and on the 40-man roster to make another corresponding move in the coming week or so as the team prepares to take its team north, back to Detroit. While Lipcius may not have had much of a chance with the Tigers, hopefully, in his time with the Dodgers, he will be able to get back to the big leagues.