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Tigers outfielder claimed off waivers by Mariners

MLive Ann Arbor logo MLive Ann Arbor 3 days ago Evan Woodbery,

DETROIT — Former Detroit Tigers outfielder Derek Hill has been claimed off waivers by the Seattle Mariners.

Hill, who was designated for assignment four days ago, will get a fresh start in a new organization after eight years in the Tigers’ system.

Hill, 26, was selected by the Tigers in the first round (23rd overall) in the 2014 draft. Known for his blazing speed and exceptional defense, it took a while for his bat to come around.

He made his MLB debut in the COVID-shortened 2020 season and played in spurts over the last couple of seasons. In 254 career plate appearances, Hill has a .240 average and .630 OPS (76 OPS+) with four homers and nine stolen bases.

Hill will be assigned to Triple-A Tacoma.

“It doesn’t surprise me that (the Mariners) would take shot at his skill set and see if he can help a contending team,” said Tigers manager A.J. Hinch.

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