The Tigers addressed some of their more glaring needs Monday when they pulled the trigger on a trade for infielder Omar Infante and right-handed starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez from the Miami Marlins. In return the Tigers have sent top pitching prospect Jacob Turner, catching prospect Rob Brantly and another pitching prospect Brian Flynn to Miami. The two teams also swapped picks they obtained in last week’s competitive balance lottery.
1st draft pick deal:A Sanchez, Infante and comp balance pick for Jacob Turner, Rob Brantly, , Brian Flynn and Det. comp pick. Fascinating
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 23, 2012
FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi first reported the deal via Twitter that gets the Tigers an established starting pitcher to plug into a rotation that saw rookie Drew Smyly plugging up the back-end. It also reunites Omar Infante with the Tigers who played with Detroit between 2002 and 2007.
#Tigers acquire Infante and A Sanchez from Marlins
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 23, 2012
So far this season the current Detroit second baseman in Ramon Santiago and Ryan Raburn have combined for an MLB worst .201/.286/.276 batting line. Infante though who is in the first year of a two-year, $8 million dollar contract provides much more stability at the plate batting 287/.312/.442 in 347 plate appearances this year. He also give the Tigers more depth in the middle infield positions as he can play both second base and shortstop.
As for Sanchez he’ll be plugged into a rotation that previously featured Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly. His 3.94 ERA with 8.2 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 in 121 innings should move Smyly either to the bullpen or Triple-A as soon as he’s (Smyly) eligible to come off the 15-day DL. Furthermore the 28-year-old Sanchez is a free agent at the end of the season and will not get the Tigers a compensatory draft pick if he walks considering he was acquired mid-season.
Ref: MLBTradeRumors.com, Twitter