Boston Red Sox & Detroit Tigers Complete Trade

The Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers have completed a trade, with Boston acquiring right-handed pitcher Trey Wingenter in exchange for minor league righty CJ Weins. 

Wingenter, 30, has pitched in parts of three MLB seasons, including a stint with the Tigers in 2023. 

Known for his impressive strikeout rates, he spent this year at Triple-A Toledo, where he posted a 3.31 ERA with 48 strikeouts over 32.2 innings. 

Wingenter’s ability to miss bats and induce ground balls, enhanced by his newly added splitter, caught the attention of the Red Sox.

Due to an assignment clause in his minor-league contract, the Tigers needed to add Wingenter to their 40-man roster or trade him if another team offered a roster spot. 

The Red Sox seized this opportunity, adding a potentially valuable bullpen arm to their depth, especially given their current injuries. Wingenter will join a bullpen that includes key relievers like Kenley Jansen and others, providing a crucial right-handed option.

In return, the Tigers received CJ Weins, a 23-year-old right-handed reliever drafted by Boston in the sixth round of the 2023 draft. 

Weins has shown potential with a solid 26.6% strikeout rate at Single-A, despite a 4.81 ERA and control issues marked by a 14.7% walk rate. 

Detroit aims to develop Weins further, hoping to refine his control and maximize his potential as a future bullpen asset.

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