Lakeland, Fla. – The Detroit Tigers acquired outfielder Austin Meadows in a trade with Tampa Bay Ray on Monday night.
Detroit infielder Isaac Peredes and a competitive balance sent Round B Peak to Tampa Bay for the 2022 Amateur Draft Meadows, who hit .234 last season with 27 homers and a career-high 106 RBI.
Detroit has improved a lot since going 77-85 in its fifth consecutive season last year. Meadows joins a lineup that includes Javier Báez, who has signed a blockbuster deal with the Tigers at Free Agency, and Spencer Torkelson, one of the Major’s top slugging prospects.
Meadows, who turned 27 on May 3, is a .260 hitter with 70 homers and 225 RBIs in 375 career games in four seasons. He entered the big leagues with Pittsburgh in 2018 and traded to Tampa Bay in the Chris Archer deal that July.
Meadows made the AL All-Star team in 2019, when he finished with a .291 batting average, 33 homers and 89 RBIs.
Meadows’ younger brother, Parker, was selected by Detroit in the second round of the 2018 draft. He played for Class A Lakeland and Class A West Michigan last year.
The 23-year-old Peredes could play second, third and shortstop. He has batted .208 with a homer and five RBIs in 23 games against Detroit last season.