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Report: Mariners may get Chance Ruffin from Tigers to complete Doug Fister trade

Aug 3, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

Chance Ruffin AP

Last week the Mariners sent Doug Fister and David Pauley to the Tigers for Casper Wells, prospects Charlie Furbush and Francisco Martinez, and an undisclosed player to be named later.

The fourth player’s identity went unannounced because he was a 2010 draft pick and thus can’t officially be traded until he’s been signed for one calendar year. That date is August 15, but in the meantime Jason Churchill of ESPN.com reports that the PTBNL is likely 48th overall pick Chance Ruffin, who made his MLB debut for the Tigers on July 25.

If he’ll soon be Mariners property the 22-year-old reliever’s inclusion in the deal makes it look a lot better for Seattle. Things are still unofficial for another couple weeks, but the trade would be Fister and Pauley for Furbush, Martinez, Wells, and Ruffin, who starred at the University of Texas and earned a call-up to Detroit by saving 17 games with a 2.00 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 45 innings as a minor leaguer.

Not coincidentally he was optioned back to the minors on July 29, where the Mariners will no doubt closely monitor his workload until the deal is completed.

  1. sportsdrenched - Aug 3, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Resisting the urge to continue to make juvinile comments about this awesome trade.

  2. Ari Collins - Aug 3, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Nice deadline for the Ms.

  3. shawnuel - Aug 3, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    With ALL due respect to Churchill, who I read religiously, this is STILL just speculation. Yes, he is right al ot so it is pretty good speculation but I’ll wait until it is announced to celebrate. That said……yeah, pretty good deadline for Jack Z.

  4. shawnuel - Aug 3, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    http://www.lookoutlanding.com/2011/8/3/2341255/on-the-chance-ruffin-mariners-links

  5. Detroit Michael - Aug 3, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    If the PTBNL is Chance Ruffin, that’s better (from this Tiger fan’s perspective) than if it was Drew Smyly.

    It’s an interesting trade. Not clear to me who won because even the major leaguers involved are tough to accurately peg their likely future performance levels.

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