Labourt was released by the Tigers on Tuesday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
The release marks the fourth time Labourt has been let go this year. He began 2018 with Detroit and passed through Cincinnati and Oakland before ending up back with the Tigers, who now have parted ways with him for the second time. The southpaw reached the majors for the first time with Detroit last season but walked seven batters in six innings after walking 23 in 22 innings at the Triple-A level. He'll need serious improvements in his control if he's to eventually make an impact at the major-league level.
Labourt has been bouncing around between organizations throughout spring training, most recently getting released by Oakland two weeks ago. The 24-year-old reliever was with the Tigers' organization for the majority of the past three years, which includes six appearances at the major-league level in 2017. He is slated to open up this season back at Triple-A Toledo.
Labourt was released by the A's on Wednesday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
Labourt had been designated for assignment by the Tigers, Reds and A's within a span of three weeks and has now been released. The 24-year-old lefty has talent, though, as he recorded a 2.44 ERA in 66.1 innings split between the top three levels of the minors last season. He'll likely sign a minor-league deal somewhere and could push for a call-up in a bullpen role later this season or in 2019, depeding on his landing spot.
Labourt was designated for assignment Monday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
Labourt was designated for assignment in order to make room for new signing Jonathan Lucroy. If claimed by a new team, he'll join his fourth organization in a two-week period, having previously been waived by the Tigers, claimed and waived by the Reds, and now claimed and waived by the Athletics.
Labourt was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Sunday, Julian McWilliams of The Athletic Bay Area reports.
After pitching six innings over six games, Labourt's time at Oakland's spring training has come to an end. In that time he amassed seven walks and gave up four hits, all of which resulted in him surrendering three runs. Although Labourt could see time in Oakland's bullpen this season, it's unlikely that he'll be used in many high leverage situations.
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