After the 2021 season, the Cincinnati Reds and pitcher Michael Lorenzen parted ways. Lorenzen had aspirations to work his way into a starting rotation, but the Reds viewed the right-hander as a relief pitcher.
Flash forward a few years and Lorenzen has solidified himself as a major league starter. After spending a year in the Los Angeles Angels rotation, Lorenzen signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Tigers this past offseason.
Earning an All-Star nod this season, the former Reds pitcher could be on the move in the next few days as the Tigers are obvious sellers at this year's MLB trade deadline.
Former Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen is popular trade target at the deadline.
Michael Lorenzen has posted a 1.098 WHIP with an ERA sitting at 3.58. Lorenzen, who's struggled with control issues in the past, is walking a career-low 2.3 batters per nine innings. In the month of July, Lorenzen is 3-1 with a 1.14 ERA.
Lorenzen's value has never been as high as it is right now. Starting pitching, as it oftentimes is at this time of year, is at a premium. Teams will likely have to overpay in order to secure the services of Lorenzen, or any other quality starter for that matter.
While Michael Lorenzen is unlikely to fetch the type of return Luis Castillo did at last year's trade deadline, the former reliever should still net a good return for the Detroit Tigers.
The Cincinnati Reds are in the market for a starter at the deadline, but there haven't been any whispers about a potential reunion between Lorenzen and his former club.
According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Baltimore Orioles have expressed interest in Lorenzen. Morosi had previously reported that the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays were exploring a trade for Lorenzen as well.