Philadelphia Phillies trade infield prospect for All-Star pitcher Michael Lorenzen from the Detroit Tigers
According to Jeff Passan, the Philadelphia Phillies are trading for Tigers’ right-hander Michael Lorenzen.
Phillies land Michael Lorenzen in Trade with Detroit Tigers
The Phillies are expected to trade infield prospect Hao-Yu Lee in exchange for Lorenzen, who is having a breakout year with the Detroit Tigers. He’s posted a 5-7 record with a 3.58 ERA and 7.07 K/9 across 105.2 innings with the Tigers in season.
Michael Lorenzen 3 Ks in the 1st vs Angels
Lorenzen was a Cincinnati Reds first round draft pick (38th overall) in the 2013 MLB Draft. Over nine years in the MLB, he’s 36-36 with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.315 WHIP.
Let’s be clear, no prospect is untouchable and parting ways with Lee is not a big deal at all given the fact that the Phillies have Trea Turner and Bryson Stott at shortstop and second base for the foreseeable future.
We should also be transparent about Lorenzen being an All-Star this season. Every team needs to have a representative at the All-Star game and the Detroit Tigers selected Lorenzen as their guy to go to Seattle.
Here’s what Lorenzen said about being selected as the Tigers’ All-Star, which is pretty hilarious.
“I’m like, ‘There’s no way. This is fishy, but there is no way I made the All-Star Game, like there is absolutely no way.’ And then he told me that I did. I kind of broke down. I was like, ‘I’m a mid-4, how did I make the All-Star team?’ But it was awesome.”
Point being “All-Star” Michael Lorenzen is certainly a stretch but again, we gave up next to nothing for him so that’s good. Plus, Josh Harrison’s reign of terror is finally over. We’ll take it but need more.
Good trade by Dombrowski. Just over 2 hours left until the deadline. Let’s see if the Phillies pull the trigger on some offensive help before the end of the day.