PHILS TRADE FOR TIGERS ALL-STAR MICHAEL LORENZEN (5-7, 3.58 ERA)!

By Sarah Paley

Infield prospect Hao-Yu Lee is among the players who’d head back to Detroit.

Michael Lorenzen has found plenty of success in his second season since moving back to the rotation.

After posting a 4.24 ERA through 18 appearances for the Angels last year, he’s allowing 3.58 earned runs per nine in as many outings this time around.

Signed to a one-year, $8.5 million free agent last winter, Lorenzen began his Detroit tenure on the injured list. A groin strain cost him the first two weeks of the season, but he was on the Comerica Park by mid-April. He was hit hard in two of his first three outings but settled in nicely thereafter.

Lorenzen has worked 105 2/3 innings, just under six innings per start. He’s not blowing hitters away; his 19.9% strikeout rate and 9.8% swinging strike percentage are each a little lower than the respective MLB averages. Lorenzen has shown much improved control, though, keeping his walk rate at a modest 6.5% clip after handing out free passes north of 10% of the time in each of the previous three seasons.

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