Someday, the Detroit Tigers might regret having traded right-hander Jacob Turner, a top-25 prospect. But they want to win the World Series now — something that won't happen this season to the Florida Marlins — so they pushed the button on a big trade.
On Monday afternoon, Tigers' GM Dave Dombrowski dealt Turner, who just turned 21 years old, to the Marlins for right-hander Anibal Sanchez and infielder Omar Infante. Turner had an 8.03 ERA in three starts this season for the Tigers, and hasn't been impressive in six major league starts over two seasons, but his value comes in what he might do tomorrow. Tomorrow is less interesting right now to the Tigers, who lead the AL Central by 1 1/2 games, but needed another strong starting pitcher and a second baseman.
Jon Morosi of Fox Sports broke news of the deal.
Sanchez is a strikeout pitcher with good control — 3.94 ERA with 110 strikeouts and 33 walks in 121 innings — who threw a no-hitter six years ago and has been healthy the past 2 1/2 seasons after dealing with injuries. Infante, an All-Star in 2010, hit .287/.312/.442 in 347 plate appearances for the Marlins, who came into the season with a lot of bluster and promise, but are 44-51 and floundering in the NL East standings.
Tigers second basemen collectively have hit abysmally: .201/.286/.276
Peter Gammons reports that the Marlins also get minor leaguers Rob Brantley (a catcher) and Brian Flynn (a pitcher). The team also swapped compensatory draft picks, making this the first deal of that kind. This deal isn't quite like the other fire sales that have plagued the Marlins after winning the World Series in 1997 and 2003, but it's still a surrender when it was thought adding some big names and moving to a new ballpark would also mean a playoff appearance.
The Tigers have fortified themselves for the pennant race and the playoffs, should they get there. What will Ken Williams and the White Sox do to counter?
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