Former Detroit Tigers SP Michael Fulmer finds a new home

For the first time in his Major League Baseball career, former Detroit Tigers‘ SP Michael Fulmer will be pitching for a National League team. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Chicago Cubs reportedly came to a deal with Fulmer for a contract that is contingent upon his passing of a physical examination. After spending his first 5+ seasons with the Tigers, Fulmer has now been with the Minnesota Twins and Chicago Cubs.

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Why it Matters for Michael Fulmer and the Cubs

The acquisition of Fulmer will provide the Cubs with a pitcher who has proven to be an efficient reliever in the past two seasons. This addition will give manager David Ross another choice for high-pressure, late-inning situations, as the Cubs currently do not have a designated closer in their bullpen.

Fulmer by the Numbers

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Following his 2016 season with the Tigers, Fulmer was honored as the American League Rookie of the Year. However, due to injuries and struggles as a starter, he switched to a permanent relief role in 2021. As he enters 2023, he has posted the following stats:

  • 34-45 career record
  • 510 career strikeouts
  • 17 career saves
  • 115 career relief appearances
  • 2.98 ERA in relief appearances
  • 3.39 ERA with 61 strikeouts and 28 walks in 63.2 innings during the 2022 season
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