Tigers aquire Marlins' Omar Infante, Anibal Sanchez for Jacob Turner
The Detroit Tigers have acquired Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez from the Miami Marlins in exchange for Jacob Turner and two minor leaguers.
Turner, the Tigers top pitching prospect, was in the Tigers rotation due to an injury to Drew Smyly and recorded his first major league victory on Sunday. The Tigers also dealt minor league catcher Rob Brantley and pitcher Brian Flynn.
On the receiving end, the Tigers get the help they needed. Omar Infante, who started his career for the Tigers, will fill the hole at second base and be an immediate upgrade. Infante, whose batting .287, will take over a position in which three different Tigers had a .201 batting average at. Infante also has 10 stolen bases on the season.
Anibal Sanchez will give the Tigers five strong starters in the rotation. Sanchez who has a 3.94 ERA and a 5-7 record should take over Smyly’s spot on the pitching staff.
Also for the first time in major league history, the teams have traded competitive balance draft picks. Detroit receives a pick between next year’s first and second round from Miami, while Miami will get one between rounds two and three.
The Tigers are coming off a three game sweep of the Chicago White Sox which gave them an opportunity to recognize the holes in the lineup. The Tigers paid a steep price for the two players but it fills their needs now.
Omar Infante is signed thru 2013, while Anibal Sanchez’s contract is up at the end of this season. The Tigers haven’t said if they have any plans to resign him.