Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays Complete Another Trade

For the second time this week, the Tampa Bay Rays have sent a player to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for cash. Today, first baseman Dillon Paulson heads to the Tigers' minor league system.

The 25-year-old left-handed hitter is still in the lower minors, but has shown good bat control coming up through the Rays' system, last year drawing more walks than strikeouts. 

Unfortunately, a torn ACL derailed his 2021 season, at which time he was batting .340 in Double-A. He only got into 24 games last season as he recovered and returned to competitive ball.

Paulson was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 13th round of the 2018 MLB Draft.

In his four minor league seasons, he's compiled an impressive .374 on-base and an .832 OPS. He's hopefully fully recovered from the knee problems, and can get his ascension back on track in the Tigers' system. 

Earlier this week, the Tigers obtained outfielder Grant Witherspoon from the Rays for cash as well.

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