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Bucs waive Maurice Fleming

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The Buccaneers waived defensive back Maurice Fleming with an injury designation Monday. Tampa Bay did not announce a corresponding move.

Fleming, who had moved to safety from cornerback this offseason, was hurt early in organized team activities with an undisclosed injury.

He originally entered the league as a college free agent from West Virginia, signing with the Bucs in 2017. Tampa Bay waived him with an injury designation on August 26 after he played through a knee injury, making him a hard-luck star of Hard Knocks.

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RHP Michael Fulmer. There was trade talk regarding Fulmer last year, and Cabrera’s absence should intensify the chatter. Fulmer is a 25-year-old staff leader who can’t become a free agent until after the 2022 season. There is, however, a red flag: He had elbow surgery last September and his 2018 numbers have not been good (4.40 ERA/4.27 FIP, 1.30 WHIP, 2.30 K/BB).

RHP Mike Fiers. Fiers signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Tigers last offseason after the Astros made him a free agent. He has been as advertised: a mid-rotation starter who can work deep into games. Fiers’ 4.01 ERA, aided by a sharp improvement in his control (1.9 BB/9 against a 2.8 career ratio), is right in line with his 4.14 career mark.

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