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Detroit Tigers acquired 23-year-old Brady Allen from the Marlins for veteran Jonathan Davis

Kansas City – The Detroit Tigers A veteran outfielder was swapped for a young outfielder in the minor leagues in a trade with the Miami Marlins on Monday.

Tigers acquired brady allenin exchange for a 23-year-old and former fifth-round draft pick Jonathan DavisA 31-year-old who signed a minor-league contract before spring training,

Allen, a right-handed hitter, is expected to report to High-A West Michigan.

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Tigers outfielder Jonathan Davis watches batting practice during spring training on Friday, February 17, 2023 in Lakeland, Florida.

The upward mobility clause in Davis’ contract played a role at the time of the trade. Had Davis not been added to the Tigers’ 40-man roster in June, he would have been made available to other MLB teams willing to offer him a roster spot. The Tigers could have lost him for nothing in return.

Instead, the Tigers made a trade with the Marlins before the upward mobility clause kicked in.

Allen, the newest member of the Tigers organization, hit .256 with 12 doubles, three home runs, 18 RBI, 13 walks and 34 strikeouts in 37 games with High-A Beloit this season. The Marlins drafted him No. 149 overall in the 2021 draft out of South Carolina.

He hit .226 with a .581 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in 19 games in April and .286 with a .941 OPS in 18 games in May. So far this season, he has hit .238 against right-handed pitchers and .333 against left-handed pitchers.

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Allen can play all three outfield positions but has the most experience in right field. He was born in Lakeland, Florida, home of the Tigers’ spring training facility, and attended George Jenkins High School in Lakeland before playing college baseball in South Carolina.

The player the Tigers traded for, Davis – a right-handed hitter – had a .258 batting average, 18 extra-base hits (including five home runs), 14 walks and 32 strikeouts in 36 games for Triple-A Toledo. .

He has played in 171 games over parts of five MLB seasons for three teams: the Toronto Blue Jays (2018–2021), the New York Yankees (2021) and the Milwaukee Brewers (2022). He is a true center fielder.

The trade cleared the roster spot in Toledo.

Double-A Erie outfielder Grant WitherspoonA left-handed hitter acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays before the regular season, he is hitting .290 with four homers in 17 games in May. The 26-year-old, who has previously played at the Triple-A level, looks set to be promoted.

Contact Evan Petzold at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold,

This article was originally published on the Detroit Free Press: Detroit Tigers acquired Brady Allen from Marlins for Jonathan Davis



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