Tepesch recently signed a contract with the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports. A veteran of 47 career MLB appearances (44 starts), Tepesch will look to reignite his career in independent ball after struggling mightily during stops at the Triple-A and Double-A ranks in 2018. The 30-year-old last surfaced in the big leagues in 2017, when he covered 15.2 innings as a member of the Twins and Blue Jays.
Tepesch was released by the Tigers on Monday, Emily Waldon of The Athletic Detroit reports. Tepesch's stint with the Tigers lasted less than a month, with the right-hander accumulating a brutal 8.22 ERA across 7.2 innings with Double-A Erie before being cut loose. He's compiled a 6.59 ERA across 97 innings between Double- and Triple-A this season.
Tepesch was traded from the Blue Jays to the Tigers on Wednesday in exchange for cash considerations, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. Tepesch will report to Double-A Erie where he'll serve as organizational starting depth for Detroit. Seeing as the Tigers are thin on starting pitching, Tepesch could find himself in the big-league rotation down the stretch should a need arise. The 29-year-old owns a 4.71 ERA across parts of four major-league campaigns.
Tepesch signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays earlier this month, Jacob Rosenfarb of FanRagSports.com reports. The deal didn't include an invitation to the Blue Jays' major-league camp, despite the right-hander having covered 15.2 innings over four MLB outings with Minnesota and Toronto in 2017. Tepesch didn't find much success in either locale, but will return to the Blue Jays' organization and presumably attempt to revive his career in the high minors. He'll likely fill a rotation spot at Triple-A Buffalo or work as a long man out of the bullpen.
Tepesch was sent outright to Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday. The 28-year-old righty cleared waivers and will remain with the Jays to begin the offseason. Tepesch has appeared in 47 big-league games, 44 of which he started, but only logged four outings this season with Minnesota and Buffalo.
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