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Tigers get Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante from Marlins

Jul 23, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

Anibal Sanchez

While the baseball world waits to see if Ryan Dempster to the Braves actually happens, the Marlins and Tigers have pulled off an even bigger trade.

Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that Miami is sending right-hander Anibal Sanchez and infielder Omar Infante to Detroit. According to his colleage Ken Rosenthal the Marlins will get pitching prospect Jacob Turner, plus minor leaguers Rob Brantly and Brian Flynn. And the two sides have also agreed to swap competitive balance draft picks, which marks the first time those have been included in a trade.

Sanchez is a significant upgrade for the Tigers’ rotation, but he’s also an impending free agent set to cash in big on the open market at age 28. He has a 3.75 ERA in 132 career starts, including a 3.94 ERA and excellent 110/33 K/BB ratio in 121 innings this season. And now he joins a rotation that already had Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister, and Rick Porcello.

Infante was originally signed by the Tigers as an 18-year-old out of Venezuela in 1999. They traded him to the Cubs for Jacque Jones in 2007 and since then he’s also played for the Braves and Marlins. Infante has hit for more power than usual this season, but his .754 OPS is relatively close to his .714 career mark and he figures to play mostly second base for Detroit.

Turner was promoted from Triple-A last week because the Tigers needed rotation help, but after three starts they decided he was worth parting with to bring in a proven veteran like Sanchez. Turner was the No. 9 overall pick in the 2009 draft and ranked as one of MLB’s top 30 prospects in 2010, 2011, and this season according to Baseball America. He’s widely considered one of the top 10-15 pitching prospects in baseball.

At age 21 he may not be quite ready to thrive in the majors, but the Marlins did well to get a legitimate top pitching prospect in exchange for an impending free agent and a good but not great infielder. And obviously the Tigers, after spending all that money on Prince Fielder this offseason and finally taking over first place in the AL Central last week, are fully in win-now mode.

  1. gigab0t - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    I, for one, am excited.

  2. geoknows - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Wow, they’re going to send Jacob Turner for a rental? Guess that’s what you call “going for it.”

    • hittfamily - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      Infante isn’t a rental.

      • yanks33 - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:09 PM

        I think he is referring to Sanchez

      • hittfamily - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:55 PM

        If you trade for 2 players, and you intend to use both in prominent starting roles, how does 3 years of team controll between the 2 of them equate to a rental?

      • dnc6 - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:57 PM

        hitfamily – 1 year and 4 months is not 3 years.

  3. darthicarus - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Here’s to hoping Turner is Andrew Miller part deux.

    • hockinj25 - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:17 PM

      But Sanchez not Dontrelle Willis part deux.

  4. rodge1 - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Miami should have thrown Heath Bell in that trade in exchange for a Gatorade.

    • Ben - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:12 PM

      I think the Tigers are trying to win, and they might need that Gatorade..

  5. tigers182 - Jul 23, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    I like the pickups, but man they gave up a lot especially when Sanchez is a free agent.

  6. dondada10 - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Are the Marlins about to have a fire-sale?

    What could Josh Johnson fetch? Buehrle?

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      According to a report on the Internet, the Red Sox are interested in Johnson. If the rumor it is on the Internet, it might be true mustn’t it?

      • hittfamily - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:57 PM

        The Sox are trying to add an underwhelming injury prone pitcher? I thought Theo was gone?

  7. natstowngreg - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Let me get this straight. The Fish brought in talent this past off-season to contend, and put butts in moire seats at the new Miami-Dade County Baseball Palace of Garishness. That commitment lasted fewer than 100 games? Can’t wait for Gator’s lengthy and entertaining explanation of this development. Especially since it didn’t involve dumping Chris Coghlan or John Buck.

    I’m glad that Anibal was traded, as the Nats had trouble beating him.

  8. pepefreeus - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Showtime really knows how to pick ‘em.

    • temporarilyexiled - Jul 24, 2012 at 9:15 AM

      The Franchise = cover of Sports Illustrated

  9. proudlycanadian - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    I was just reading on the Internet that the Red Sox were interested in Sanchez. Guess that the Internet report was premature.

    I believe that last year there were question’s about Turner’s upside potential. It looks as if Detroit also has doubts about him.

    • lorddarkhelmet - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      or thats the cost of a starting pitcher the quality of Sanchez even as a rental. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mr. Iltch has his new contract wrapped up by the end of the season.

  10. dondada10 - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Ichiro to the Yanks?

  11. paperlions - Jul 23, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    …but but but….Marlins, championship quality team, rah rah rah, etc.

  12. hockinj25 - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    And that probably ends the Ryan Raburn era in Detroit. It was nice knowing you (but not really).

  13. buffalo65 - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    John smoltz all over again.

    • sparty0n - Jul 24, 2012 at 12:25 AM

      I am old enough to remember the smoltz trade, and I hated it. I dont understand this trade. Not that I don’t like Infante, but I dont think he’s a big part of the trade. What does Infante bring that you couldnt have gotten with Willie Bloomquist? Bloomquist could have been had for a lot less. So, basically it’s Turner and prospects for a rental that you HOPE can stay healthy.

      For all they gave up, I’m not impressed.

  14. djpostl - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    “Sanchez is a significant upgrade for the Tigers’ rotation”

    In April & May he was. Since then he has pretty much been as bad as the parts of their rotation not named Verlander.

    Even during his “good stretch” his ERA was just south of 5.00 vs +.500 teams and under 3.00 vs the bottom feeders.

    His 13 ER in 14 IP in Interleague play (career ERA vs AL of 5.02) isn’t exactly impressive either.

  15. drewsylvania - Jul 23, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    The Marlins couldn’t even wait until after the season to put the lie to their farcical stadium bleatings.

  16. schaffershokai - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    They’ll have to keep this guy under control: http://youtu.be/kogUBtaf_-U

  17. xjokerz - Jul 24, 2012 at 4:57 AM

    As a tiger fan I am beyond pissed. You bring back infante and a average nl pitcher who’s only going to regress in the al… For our best pitching prospect? For fuck sakes I’d rather see you move porcello or not do anything. Or if u do trade a top prospect make a run for greinke or hamels ?! Thank god castalennos wasn’t traded I would have gone ape shit

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