Tigers acquire Rays outfielder Austin Meadows in trade for Isaac Paredes

With their center-field depth a sudden threat, the Tigers moved Monday to add some overall outfield support when they traded with Tampa Bay, bringing Austin Meadows to Detroit in a one-for-one swap for infielder Isaac Paredes and a 2022 draft pick, which will be awarded just ahead of the draft’s third round.

Meadows, 26, was an All-Star in 2019, when he slammed 33 home runs and finished that season 14th in voting for the American League’s Most Valuable Player.

An oblique injury wiped out most of his 2020 season, but while his overall numbers dipped in 2021 (.234, .772 OPS), he still slammed 27 homers in 142 games.

The Tigers were intent Monday on adding a player who could bail out their outfield shortfall after Riley Greene, their rookie prize, was lost to a broken foot, and back-up center-fielder Derek Hill was shelved with a bad hamstring.

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