Ex-Detroit Tigers pitcher Spencer Turnbull, who threw a no-hitter in 2021, can double Philadelphia Phillies’ salary to $4 million

The Tigers’ Spencer Turnbull pitches in the first inning against the Cleveland Guardians on April 19 in Detroit. (AP file photo)

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Right-hander Spencer Turnbull can earn $2 million in performance bonuses for starts and innings as part of his $2 million, one-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Turnbull would get $200,000 each for 12 starts and each additional two through 20 as part of the deal announced Feb. 14.

He also would earn $200,000 for 40 innings and each additional 20 through 120.

Turnbull enters the season with 5 years, 20 days of major league service, and his contract specifies he will become a free agent at the end of the agreement.

Turnbull was 1-4 with a 7.26 ERA in seven starts for Detroit last year. The 31-year-old had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2021, and returned to a major league mound last April 1. He didn’t pitch after May 6 because of neck discomfort.

Tigers starer Spencer Turnbull pitches on April 6 in Detroit. (AP file photo)

Turnbull pitched a no-hitter at Seattle on May 18, 2021, his only complete game in 60 major league starts. A second-round draft pick by the Tigers in 2014, he was 12-29 with a 4.55 ERA in five seasons with Detroit.

He became a free agent in November when the Tigers failed to offer a 2024 contract.


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