Tigers Outright Drew Carlton – MLB Trade Rumors

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The Tigers have announced this right turn Drew Carlton has cleared waivers and been awarded Triple-A Toledo. Carlton was assigned for deployment last week.

The 26-year-old Carlton has seen sporadic MLB action for the past few seasons, throwing 3 2/3 innings from Detroit’s bullpen last year and another 8 2/3 frames this year. He has a decent 2.92 ERA in this small sample, but with a mediocre strikeout rate of 15.7% along with average walk and ground ball rates of 7.8% and 39.5%, respectively.

However, Carlton’s numbers at Triple-A this year are more concerning. Despite a 2.92 ERA with the Mud Hens last year, he has a 6.91 mark here in 2022. Despite solid strikeout and walk rates of 24.2% and 4.8% respectively, he appears to have been crushed by a .341 BABIP and 54.5% strand rate, both of which are much worse than typical averages.

This is Carlton’s second overall win of his career, meaning he has the right to refuse the contract and have a free hand. However, it is not yet clear if he has made a decision in this regard. If he decides to test the open market, he could still attract interest from teams, most likely for a minor league deal as he just cleared waivers. He still has options and is quite young. If a team were willing to blame their poor Triple-A performance on bad luck, they might see value in adding him as a depth option that doesn’t require a roster slot.

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