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Home / NFL / Detroit Tigers Acquire Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante

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Omar Infante is back in a Tigers’ uniform
(Photo courtesy of oaklandpress.com)

According to MLB.com, the Detroit Tigers have acquired right-handed starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez and second baseman Omar Infante from the Miami Marlins. In exchange, the Marlins will receive right-handed pitcher Jacob Turner, catcher Rob Brantly, and left-handed pitcher Brian Flynn. In this deal, the Detroit Tigers will fill two needs that have been very inconsistent or consistently bad. The Tigers’ starting pitching has not been as solid as hoped for at the beginning of the season. They have consistently had to rely on minor league call-ups to fill rotation spots with injuries to Doug Fister and rookie Drew Smyly. The fifth starting spot for the Tigers has seemed to be a revolving door of triple-A pitchers. Anibal Sanchez is in his seventh year as a Major League starter and currently holds a 3.94 ERA on the season. His 5-7 record may be more indicative of the Marlins’ 2012 struggles as a whole than his own. The second need that the Tigers will fill is at the second base position. Infante will add more athleticism and will surely bring a better stick to the plate than the current Tigers second baseman Ramon Santiago. Infante is hitting .287 with eight home runs on the season. Santiago has seriously struggled at the plate with a .216 average with only two home runs. Any other player the Tigers have tried at second base has been worse than Santiago. Omar Infante is definitely an upgrade. It’s worth noting that Infante played with the Tigers from 2002 to 2007 and made the N.L. All-Star Team in 2010 with the Atlanta Braves.

Jacob Turner
(Photo courtesy of mlive.com)

Jacob Turner has been said to be a Tigers prospect with much talent but has struggled in the Majors this year in limited appearances. Turner started three games for the Tigers with a 1-1 record, 8.03 ERA and a poor 1.946 WHIP. Rob Brantly is a 22-year old catcher who had a 2.54 batting average with no home runs in 130 at bats with the Tigers’ triple-A affiliate Toledo Mud Hens. Brian Flynn is a 22 year-old double-AA pitcher who stands at 6’8″.  Flynn was drafted by the Tigers in the seventh round of the 2011 draft, so the fact that he’s in double-A is a positive look for Miami. The Marlins appear to be packing it in for 2012 and looking towards the future.

 


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