Saturday, July 30, 2011


Checking out the talent (and food!) at West Michigan in 2010

Hate to lose Wells and Furbush, but perhaps this will be that miracle trade that gets the Tigers to the top:

The Detroit Tigers have a better chance to win the division title now than they did a day or two ago.

They paid a high price to be able to say that, but that is expected at this time of year.

The Tigers announced today that they have obtained starting pitcher Doug Fister and relief pitcher David Pauley from the Seattle Mariners. In return, the Tigers sent pitcher Charlie Furbush, outfielder Casper Wells, prospect Francisco Martinez and a player to be named later to the Mariners.

“We have a chance to win,” general manager Dave Dombrowski said. “We have a very good ballclub, and I'm looking for us to take off and do better. I think this gives us the opportunity to do that.

“It's hard to do that when every fifth day you're just not sure. It's hard to get a winning streak. It's hard to get going. I think this gives us an opportunity.”

Sounds like a good trade. Didn't give up an arm, when reportedly everyone wanted Jacob Turner, who is pitching at Comerica as I type. We don't need another Jair Jurrjens mistake. Wells and Furbush go right on the roster at Seattle, and with Castellanos moving fast (DNews thinks as early as next year) Martinez was expendable.

Hero or goat? We will see, won't we. I'm feeling better about their chances though.