Tigers continue makeover by trading Soto, Clemens to Phillies for three position players


As Scott Harris said at the Winter Meetings, the Tigers' "main priority this offseason is to reshape our offensive identity." They've taken another step toward doing so.

The Tigers are reportedly trading All-Star closer Gregory Soto and utility man Kody Clemens to the Phillies for three young position players: infielder Nick Maton, outfielder Matt Vierling and catcher Donny Sands.

Maton, 25, is the most established player of the three, a left-handed hitter who posted an .855 OPS in 34 games with the Phillies last season. He's a versatile fielder who could fill the Tigers' hole at third base.

Vierling, 26, is a right-handed hitter who had a .682 OPS over parts of two seasons with the Phillies. He can play all three positions in the outfield, where the Tigers' only clear starters are Riley Greene and Austin Meadows.

Sands, 26, has played just three games in the majors. Ranked the Phillies' No. 21 prospect by MLB Pipeline, Sands posted an .841 OPS in 57 games in Triple-A last season. He's a right-handed hitter who will give Detroit another option behind the plate.

Soto was a two-time All-Star for the Tigers who had 48 saves over the past two seasons. He's the second established reliever Harris and the Tigers have traded for offensive help this offseason, after the club dealt Joe Jimenez to the Braves for Justyn-Henry Malloy last month.

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