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Tigers to acquire Doug Fister, David Pauley from Mariners

Jul 30, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

Seattle Mariners' Fister pitches to the New York Yankees in New York

UPDATE: This deal is beginning to make more sense for the M’s now. Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN in Seattle reports that the player to be named later will be one of the Tigers’ first three picks from the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. The reason for the delay is that they can’t be traded until one year after signing a professional contract.

Of course, it’s very unlikely that third base prospect Nick Castellanos is in the deal, so either right-hander Chance Ruffin or left-hander Drew Smyly will head to Seattle.

11:33 AM: Knobler writes that the Tigers are also expected to send prospect third baseman Francisco Martinez to Seattle. Martinez, 20, is batting .282/.319/.405 with seven homers, 46 RBI, a .724 OPS and a 80/19 K/BB ratio over 372 plate appearances with Double-A Erie this season. He is expendable for Detroit due to the presence of 2010 draft pick Nick Castellanos, who is more highly regarded as a prospect.

11:15 AM: OK, here’s the latest information as we have it. Knobler is reporting that the Mariners will send Doug Fister and David Pauley to the Tigers for Charlie Furbush, Casper Wells and others. No idea who the other players are yet, but I’m pretty underwhelmed by the Mariners’ return so far.

11:06 AM: Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that reliever David Pauley will also go to Detroit in the trade. The 28-year-old right-hander has a 2.15 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 34/16 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings this season.

10:08 AM: Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that Charlie Furbush is among the players that will go to Seattle in the deal. That’s right, Furbush for Fister. Most juvenile trade ever? The Tigers are also trying to get a reliever from Seattle, though it will not be closer Brandon League.

10:01 AM: Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Tigers are “making progress” on a deal for Mariners’ right-hander Doug Fister.

Jon Paul Morosi reported yesterday that the two clubs were “engaged in active trade talks,” with the Tigers specifically focused on Fister and a reliever.

Crasnick writes that the Tigers are hoping to get something done by the end of the day. He’s not sure who would be going from Detroit’s end, though one wonders if the call-up of Jacob Turner means left-hander Duane Below could be part of the deal. Fister is under team control though 2015, so obviously they would have to give up more.

Fister is 3-12 with a 3.33 ERA and 89/32 K/BB ratio over 21 starts this season. The 27-year-old has a 3.00 ERA at home this season, compared to a 3.71 ERA on the road.

  1. fartography - Jul 30, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    This sounds a little more reasonable for the Tigers. We hang onto the top prospects and get a decent pitcher. I’ll miss Furbush though, great name. And he was pretty good in relief.

  2. Ari Collins - Jul 30, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    The jokes are really going to be crazy.

  3. anthonioustheprettygood - Jul 30, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    This is an absloutely stupid trade for Detroit and a complete waste of time. It doesn’t make us any better. But it is funny to say

  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Fister and Pauley for Furbush, Wells and others.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2011 at 11:28 AM

      It is Fister on one side of this trade and famine on the other.

  5. Old Gator - Jul 30, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Just out of curiosity, DJ, who (aside from Felix, who idiotically isn’t going anywhere) could the Tiggers have gotten from the Crew of the Minnow that would have overwhelmed you? Personally, I would have held out for the Lenin statue in Fremont and the Boeing Model 80 from the air museum at Boeing field. I would then have traded the statue and the plane to Scrooge McLoria to position in the lobby of Macondo Banana Massacre Field so that, when people lose interest in coming to see the team play after the novelty of the stadium wears off they’ll still stop by from time to time – most of us, to see the plane, and our Cuban friends to piss on the statue.

  6. marinersnate - Jul 30, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    “but I’m pretty underwhelmed by the Mariners’ return so far.”

    You and me both.

  7. snoqualmieterry - Jul 30, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    I try hard to be a mariners fab, but they suck almost every year thank god I can follow the NFL, the real sport.

    • Tim OShenko - Jul 30, 2011 at 1:36 PM

      With Tavaris Jackson at QB? You’re in for a long winter, my friend. By November you’ll be longing for the return of Mariners baseball.

  8. mmowery2323 - Jul 31, 2011 at 12:23 AM

    Here’s a video of Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski talking about the trade — http://bit.ly/r2uxgD

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