Found July 23, 2012 on It's Always Sunny in Detroit:

“We gave up a lot — we know that,” Tigers president and general manager Dombrowski said on a teleconference with reporters Monday night. “It hurts. But we’re trying to win this season, and you have to give up talent to acquire talent.”  The “a lot” was Jacob Turner, the Tigers top catching prospect Rob Brantly and minor league left-hander Brian Flynn.  The talent received in return is right-handed starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez and second baseman Omar Infante from the Miami Marlins.

Infante was with the Tigers from 2003-2007 before being dealt to Atlanta.  Then he served as a utility infielder.  Now he’ll replace the extremely unimpressive platoon of Ryan Raburn, Ramon Santiago and Danny Worth at second base.  Thus far in 2012, he’s hitting .287 with eight home runs, 33 runs driven in and ten stolen bases as the Marlins regular second baseman.  Anibal Sanchez will fill in nicely as the number three or four starter, depending on the day, with Max Scherzer.  Sanchez is a solid middle-of-the-rotation guy who is rarely spectacular, but usually gives your team a chance to win.  He’s given the Marlins a quality start (three or less earned runs in six or more innings) in 14 of his 19 starts in 2012.  He currently sits at 5-7 with a 3.94 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 110 Ks in 121 innings.  He’s a seven-year veteran and has pitched for Florida/Miami his whole career.

Turner, who was once viewed as one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, has lost a tiny bit of luster after struggling mightily in three of his six Major League starts.  He’s a guy who still needs some Triple-A seasoning, but should be able to contribute to the Marlins’ rotation in the coming years as he’s still only 21 years old.  Brantly, 23, was viewed as the Tigers’ top catching prospect, but was only hitting .254 with no home runs through 130 at bats with Toledo.  The third piece, lefty Brian Flynn, was with Double-A Erie before the deal.

Overall, the trade looks good on paper for the Tigers.  It obviously isn’t your knock-your-socks-off-type deal where they acquired Cole Hamels or Zack Greinke, but Sanchez should be pretty solid for them.  Infante will probably hit in the bottom third of the lineup, maybe hitting second against lefties.  He’s a considerable upgrade over the subpar bats and gloves they had been trotting out there.

If there is a downside, it’s that Sanchez will be a free agent after this season and Infante is only signed through 2013.  The Tigers will have to make a move on their 25-man roster before officially adding Infante and Sanchez so Ryan Raburn or Danny Worth are figured to be moved.  Worth still has options left, so he could be sent to Toledo whereas Raburn would have to be released.

A side note in the deal, the Tigers and Marlins also swapped compensation-round draft picks for next year. They recently obtained those picks in the new competitive balance lottery. The Tigers improved their pick moving up to just before the third round by including one just before the second round.


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