Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/21/14
Following a flurry of offseason changes, the Detroit Tigers sit atop of the American League Central with a 12-9 record. Here’s an early look at general manager Dave Dombrowski’s offseason-trades report card: Former Tiger Prince Fielder Prince Fielder trade Detroit shocked the baseball world when they dealt Prince Fielder (along with cash considerations) to the Texas Rangers in return for Ian Kinsler. The trade allowed for Miguel Cabrera to move back to first base, helped the Tigers become more athletic in the field as well as the basepaths, and reduced their overall financial commitment (in dollars and in time). Fielder: .216 batting average, 12 runs, 2 HR, 8 RBI, .343 on-base percentage Kinsler: .278 batting average, 15 runs, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 3 stolen bases Grade: B+ Aside from what Kinsler has brought to the Tigers on the field, there were a handful of issues with Fielder off the field. It was time for a fresh start, for all parties involved. Kinsler has been a catalyst to the Tigers offense thus far. Doug Fister trade The Tigers dealt starting pitcher Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals in exchange for left-handed pitchers Ian Krol and Robbie Ray and utility infielder Steve Lombardozzi. The trade allowed Drew Smyly to return to the starting rotation, strengthened the bullpen, and added a solid prospect to the organization. Fister: Has yet to make an appearance in 2014. Started the season on the 15-day disabled list with a right-lat strain. Krol: 11 appearances, 8.0 IP, 3 ER (3.38 ERA), 6 strikeouts, .219 opp. avg. Ray: (AAA-Toledo) 2-2 record (4 starts), 1.93 ERA, 23.1 IP, 16 strikeouts, 5 walks Lombardozzi: (traded to Baltimore Orioles) .309 avg. (21-68), 6 runs, 2 RBI Grade: B Fister was eventually granted a $7 million pay increase and rumors have surfaced that he has been experiencing some issues with his throwing elbow, aside from the lat injury. Krol has pitched decently to this point and Lombardozzi appears to be a solid second baseman, unfortunately he’s no longer with Detroit, neither is the guy who the Tigers traded him for. The main reason why I give the Dombrowski a “B” here is because the potential in Ray. He’s jumped Detroit’s prospect rankings and is currently the second-best in the organization. He’s expected to be a middle of the rotation starter and could possibly make that transition this season. Lombardozzi to Baltimore Following Jose Iglesias’ diagnosis, the Tigers were looking to bring in a veteran at the shortstop position. Detroit traded Lombardozzi, who is more of a second baseman than a shortstop, for veteran Alex Gonzalez. Grade: F Gonzalez delivered a clutch hit on Opening Day to give Detroit a walk-off victory but he clearly couldn’t produce at the plate or in the field at this stage of his career. Ultimately, Gonzalez was let go and the Orioles possibly found a starter at second. Acquiring Andrew Romine Before sending Lombardozzi to Baltimore, the Tigers traded pitching prospect Jose Alvarez to the Los Angeles Angels for utility infielder Andrew Romine. Alvarez wasn’t quite ready when brought up to the big leagues in 2013 and Romine has served as the Tigers’ primary shortstop. Alvarez: (AAA) 3 starts (0-1), 14.1 IP, 6.28 ERA, 7 strikeouts. Only 2 MLB appearances (0.2 IP) Romine: .229 avg. (8-35), 1 RBI, 7 walks, 3 steals Grade: C+ Romine has been consistent in the field but not at the plate. He also provides speed on the bases. Alvarez has the potential to become a major-league starter but has yet to show any signs of excellence this season. This deal could turn into a bust if he has success in the big leagues, but for now it’s playing out in the Tigers’ favor. For more Tigers news, rumors, and opinion check out our Detroit Tigers team page and follow us on Twitter The post Detroit Tigers: An early review of offseason trades appeared first on isportsweb.
PLAYERS: Ian Kinsler
TEAMS: Detroit Tigers
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

C-USA hired PR firm to help Marshall’s playoff chances

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift, blames media for scrutiny

Report: Cowboys could limit DeMarco Murray's touches

Lakers announce Steve Nash to miss season with back issues

Is Mack Brown the best option for SMU?

Jeremy Kerley on new contract: 'Bentleys for everybody'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Buss: Any FA who won’t play with Kobe ‘probably a loser’

NFL to start airing its own anti-domestic violence PSAs

Ex-Bronco John Boyett punched cabbie, told cops to call Elway

Former NFL QB still feels effects of concussions every day

Robert Klemko given four-week suspension from The MMQB

Michael Vick: Percy Harvin won't be a monster here

NFL teams facing potential must-win scenarios in Week 8

WATCH: Jeremy Lin poses as Adidas employee for prank

WATCH: Peyton screams at fans to 'shut the f- up!'

Father auctioning off infant son's soccer club allegiance

Love thanks T'Wolves fans in essay for not burning his jersey

WATCH: Browns WR 'kicks out' son over favorite player snub

Memorabilia dealer wants Todd Gurley reinstated immediately

Aaron Rodgers gave girlfriend Olivia Munn a 'special ring'?

The 10 college football programs with most to gain in Week 9

Most disappointing potential dynasties of divisional era

WATCH: OHL hockey coach goes off on reporter: ‘F*** you!’

PK Subban as Michael Jackson at Canadiens' Halloween party

Tigers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

Programs with a lot on the line this week

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift

Lakers: Steve Nash out for season

Is Mack Brown SMU's best option?

Are sports leagues finally getting serious about domestic violence?

Brian Urlacher rips Jay Cutler

On Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and embracing newfound roles

Top NFL storylines: Week 8

Kiffin's mom worried for son's safety

Report: Goodell will have to testify

Penguins do 'O Canada' following tragedy

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.