The Tigers have designated lefty Anthony Misiewicz for assignment, per a team announcement. His spot on the 40-man roster will go to left-hander Zach Logue, whose contract has been selected from Triple-A Toledo (as reported earlier this morning). Left-hander Joey Wentz has been optioned to Triple-A Toledo to open a spot for Logue on the active roster, as expected.
It’s been a tumultuous ten months for the 28-year-old Misiewicz, who had a decent 2020-21 run with the Mariners but has now been on five teams since last August. The Royals acquired Misiewicz from the Mariners just prior to last year’s trade deadline, sending cash to Seattle after the left-hander had been designated for assignment. He’s since bounced to the Cardinals and the Diamondbacks — both in cash trades — and then the Tigers via waiver claim. He’ll now find himself either traded or placed on outright waivers once again.
After pitching to a 4.43 ERA in 102 2/3 innings between Seattle and Kansas City from 2020-22, Misiewicz has been hit hard in both Arizona and Detroit this year. The southpaw has tallied just 8 1/3 frames on the season, yielding eight runs on eight hits (two homers) and three walks. He has a 4.41 ERA and 19-to-6 K/BB ratio in 16 1/3 minor league innings between the Tigers and D-backs organizations so far in 2023.
This year’s struggles notwithstanding, Misiewicz is a 28-year-old lefty who entered the year with a 4.43 ERA, two minor league option seasons remaining (this year included), a roughly average strikeout rate and better-than-average walk rates. This year’s 93.1 mph average fastball is down half a mile from last year’s levels and 1.3 mph from its 2021 peak, but Misiewicz could nonetheless appeal to other clubs looking for left-handed bullpen depth. The Tigers will have a week to find a trade partner or pass him through waivers.