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Mariners get Chance Ruffin from Tigers to complete Doug Fister trade

Aug 17, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

Chance Ruffin AP

Chance Ruffin couldn’t technically be traded until now because the 2010 supplemental first-round pick hadn’t been under contract for a year, but reports pegged him as the player to be named later in the Doug Fister trade last month and today the Tigers and Mariners made it official.

The full deal: Detroit gets Fister and reliever David Pauley. Seattle gets Ruffin, Charlie Furbush, Casper Wells, and Francisco Martinez.

And the Mariners wasted no time calling up Ruffin, adding the 22-year-old reliever to the bullpen for tonight’s game. Ruffin previously had a brief stint with the Tigers and the former University of Texas star was dominant in the minors with a 2.03 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 49 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. He projects as a late-inning bullpen option and potential closer.

  1. thekcubrats - Aug 17, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    This so smells like a laugher down the road, a Sabean dumps Nathan/Liriano/Boof for PZ kind of gaffe… taking some of the stank off Zdur.

  2. Sportsdrenched - Aug 17, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Still Ruffin the Furbush

    (couldn’t resist)

    • seattlej - Aug 17, 2011 at 6:19 PM

      Still Ruffin the Furbush for the Fister.

  3. kingjoe1 - Aug 17, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    Is Bruce Ruffin his father?

    • seattlej - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:04 PM


  4. Reflex - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    Man the M’s cleaned up at the trade deadline. If only they could grab Ian Stewart cheap from the Rockies I’d say this was one of their most successful dealmaking seasons ever…

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