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Detroit Tigers Acquire Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante


It looks like the Marlins are sellers.  Today, they dealt Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to the Detroit

Tigers for Jacob Turner and two prospects.  The Tigers just overtook first place from the White Sox and are looking to put some distance between themselves and their American League Central rivals.

Sanchez has started 19 games this season and has a 3.94 ERA.  In his career, he has a record of 44-45 with a 3.75 ERA.  His best season was in 2010 when he won 13 games and posted a 3.55 ERA.

Omar Infante is actually returning to Detroit.  He signed as an amateur free agent with the Tigers in 1999 and made his debut with Detroit in 2002.  This season, he is hitting .287/.312/.442.  In his career, Infante has a triple-slash of .276/.318/.397.

The Tigers are giving up a 21-year old righty with considerable upside in Turner and two minor leaguers with time to develop.  The minor leaguers are Rob Brantly and Brian Flynn.  Brantly has hit .275/.333/.383 in three minor league seasons.  Flynn has a 3.76 ERA over the course of two minor league seasons in the Tigers’ organization.

Keith Law of ESPN thinks the Marlins may have got the better end of this deal because of the upside of the talent they received.  He rates Turner as a top-30 prospect and feels both Brantly and Flynn could develop into solid contributors.  The Tigers are in a win-now mentality and it showed with this trade.  After the move Dave Dombrowski, the Tigers general manager, was torn about the move.

"“We gave up a lot,” Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski said. “It hurts to do what we did.”"

The Tigers are 52-44 and own a one game lead over the White Sox.  With the implication of the Wild Card this season (a one game play-off), there is even more importance in winning the division.  The Tigers are looking to make a run now.

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