Detroit Tigers trade Michael Fulmer to Minnesota Twins for prospect

Detroit Tigers trade Michael Fulmer to Minnesota Twins for prospect

MINNEAPOLIS — The Detroit Tigers traded right-handed reliever Michael Fulmer to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, ahead of the 6 pm trade deadline.

The 29-year-old is on an expiring contract, meaning he will become a free agent after the 2022 season. Fulmer, the longest-tenured Tiger besides Miguel Cabrera, has posted a 3.20 ERA, 20 walks and 39 strikeouts over 39⅓ innings in 41 games in 2022.

In return, the Tigers received right-handed pitching prospect Sawyer Gipson-Long.

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Tigers relief pitcher Michael Fulmer walks off the field after being removed during the seventh inning against the Cleveland Guardians on Friday, July 15, 2022, in Cleveland.

The 24-year-old was a sixth-round pick in 2019 by the Twins. Between High-A and Double-A this season, Gipson-Long has a 4.23 ERA and a 1.122 WHIP over 18 games (17 starts). He is not listed among the Twins’ top 30 prospects, according to MLB Pipeline.

“We think that in picking up Gibson, we have a pitcher there that we feel good about,” Avila said. “He’s a starter at Double-A right now. We all think we have a good mix of pitches where he has a chance to stay as a starter. We’re projecting him probably to go to Toledo next year and be a guy that we can count on at the big-league level at some point.”

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