Detroit Tigers trade Gregory Soto, Kody Clemens to Phillies

Detroit Tigers trade Gregory Soto, Kody Clemens to Phillies

Detroit Tigers trade Gregory Soto, Kody Clemens to Phillies

The Detroit Tigers parted ways with their closest.

Left-hander Gregory Soto, who served as the Tigers’ guard for the past two seasons, and utility player Kody Clemens were traded to the Philadelphia Phillies.

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

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Soto, who turns 28 in February, went 2-11 with a 3.28 ERA, 34 walks and 60 strikeouts in 60⅓ innings in 64 appearances last season, scoring 30 saves in 33 situations.

Over the last two seasons, he had a 3.34 ERA and recorded 48 saves on 52 occasions, for an elite save rate of 92.3%. He is a two-time All-Star – but has two fatal flaws: 5.4 walks in nine innings and 14 losses in the 2021-22 season.

Detroit Tigers trade Gregory Soto, Kody Clemens to Phillies

His slider in particular slackened last season, going from a 43% swing-and-miss rate in 2021 to a 36.2% gust rate in 2022. He also throws a sinker at 98.1 mph and a 98.7 four-stitch fastball , often reaching triple digits on the radar. Opponents hit .195 with 28 strikeouts against his four-pointer last season.

Soto becomes a free agent after the 2025 season.

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

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