Tigers fans rejoiced on Monday evening when the Tigers announced they were bringing in two key pieces to help bolster the roster for a postseason push.
Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez from the Miami Marlins.
The Tigers shipped three prospects and a draft pick to the Marlins for the two. Top Tigers pitching prospect Jacob Turner, top catching prospect Rob Brantly and up and coming lefty starter Brian Flynn are all now Marlins. Sure, that’s an awful steep price to pay but, that’s what teams do that are seeking a World Series title.
In the last few weeks, it looked as if the Tigers were going to need to address more than just a starting pitcher and second basemen. But, with the teams recent resurgence and players like Boesch, Delmon and Peralta swinging the bats a lot better, those question marks were quickly erased. Though, I still think the Tigers should add a veteran bat to the bench, possibly after the July 31st trade deadline, it’s great to see these guys finally playing better.
Now, back to the trade. As the saying goes, “you give up a lot, to gain a lot” which is what the Tigers did with this trade. Trading prospects can be a tricky situation because, you just never know how really good/bad a kid is going to be. But, in my opinion, prospects are meant to be traded. They’re meant to be traded for proven big league talent to help good teams become great ones. Simple as that.
Anibal Sanchez. He’s a 7-year major league vet with a mid-90’s fastball to go along with plus changeup, curveball and slider. His career major league record is 44-45 with a 3.75 era. He’s known for striking hitters out, racking up almost 700 strikeouts in almost 800 IP.
Anibal is a solid #2 to #3 starter at worst. He’s a strikeout pitcher so, he’ll fit in nicely with the likes of Verlander and Scherzer. Sanchez gives the Tigers another proven starter to help sure up the starting rotation for the remainder of the season and into postseason play. With rookie Drew Smyly pitching in his first major league season, it was almost vital the Tigers go out and get a veteran starter to help out down the stretch. Sure, Anibal is a free agent in the off-season but, I can’t help but think that the Tigers will be able to re-sign him.
Omar Infante. To most of you, this name should sound familiar. Unless, you’ve only been since 2007, than you might not.
From 2002-2007, Infante was a Tiger. During his time in Detroit, Omar wasn’t really known for being a good hitter or even a starter for that matter. It wasn’t until 2007, when the Tigers traded Infante to the Braves for Jacque Jones, he really started to come into his own for the Braves. Ever since than, he’s posted a batting average higher than .270. Being an All-Star in 2009.
Adding Infante to an already scary good lineup, makes this team that much better in my opinion. He’s a legit #2 hitter, who can also hit pretty much anywhere in the lineup minus the #4 and #5 spots. Infante sures up what has been a revolving door at second base for the Tigers in 2012 and possibly beyond. Look for him to make a world of difference for both the Tigers offense and defense in the months to come.
All and all, this trade was a “win now” trade for the Tigers and a “win later” trade for the Marlins. With the way the Tigers have been playing lately, recently sweeping the Chicago White Sox, taking sole possession of 1st place in the AL Central and the soon return of Andy Dirks and Al Albuquerque, the Tigers are heading in the right direction to take the reins as best team in the American League and beyond.