Detroit Tigers trade Gregory Soto and Kody Clemens to Phillies

Detroit Tigers trade Gregory Soto and Kody Clemens to Phillies

Detroit Tigers trade Gregory Soto and Kody Clemens to Phillies

The Detroit Tigers have parted ways with their closest.

Left-hander Gregory Soto, who has been closest to the Tigers the past two seasons, and utility player Kody Clemens were traded to the Philadelphia Phillies.

In exchange, the Tigers received three position players: Nick Maton, Matt Vierling and Donny Sands. All three players have MLB experience.

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Soto, who turns 28 in February, was 2-11 with a 3.28 ERA, 34 walks and 60 strikeouts in 60⅓ innings in 64 outings last season, making 30 saves in 33 opportunities .

Over the past two seasons, has a 3.34 ERA and recorded 48 saves in 52 opportunities for an elite save rate of 92.3%. He’s a two-time All-Star — but has two fatal flaws: 5.4 walks per nine innings and 14 losses in 2021-22.

Detroit Tigers trade Gregory Soto and Kody Clemens to Phillies

His slider, in particular, faltered last season, going from a 43% swing-and-miss rate in 2021 to a 36.2% smell rate in 2022. He also throws a 98 lead, 1 mph and a 98.7 four-seam fastball, often hitting triple digits. on the radar gun. Opponents hit .195 with 28 strikeouts against his quadruple last season.

Soto becomes a free agent after the 2025 season.

The Tigers signed Soto out of the Dominican Republic on the international market in December 2012. He has a 4.13 ERA with a walk rate of 13.1% and a strikeout rate of 23% in 186 games ( seven starts) in games over four MLB seasons.

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