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Tigers call up Turner, trade for Fister

Posted on: July 30, 2011 10:29 am
Edited on: July 30, 2011 11:38 am
By Danny Knobler

The Tigers are calling up 20-year-old super-prospect Jacob Turner to start Saturday against the Angels, but by the end of the day, they expect to announce a new member of their starting rotation.

According to sources, the Tigers have completed a trade that will net them Mariners starter Doug Fister and reliever David Pauley. The Tigers have been desperate to find a starting pitcher, and have become concerned about their bullpen depth because of questions about Al Alburquerque's health.

As part of the deal for Fister and Pauley, the Mariners will get pitcher Charlie Furbush, who has been on the Tigers' big-league roster, as well as outfielder Casper Wells (from Triple-A Toledo) and third baseman Francisco Martinez (from Double-A Erie). Martinez is one of the Tigers' very best prospects, but they have depth at that position, with Nick Castellanos (at Class A West Michigan) also considered a top prospect.

There was talk Saturday morning that the Mariners had at one point backed away from the proposed deal, but talks continued, and sources said the deal had been completed.

Turner, who has been pitching at Double-A Erie (and was scheduled to start for the SeaWolves Saturday night), is expected to return to the minor leagues after making his big-league debut.

The 27-year-old Fister became the Tigers' top available choice, once they realized that they couldn't get either Ubaldo Jimenez or James Shields. The Tigers were told earlier this week that the Mariners didn't intend to trade Fister, but they kept trying.

Turner almost certainly would have had to be in any deal the Tigers made for Jimenez, but sources said the Rockies also demanded that a major-league pitcher be part of the deal (most likely Rick Porcello). At one point, the Rockies apparently also asked for outfielder Brennan Boesch.

Fister is just 3-12 in 21 starts this year for the Mariners, but that has more to do with Seattle's woeful offense. His ERA is 3.33, and his 1.17 WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) is less than that of Tim Lincecum, C.J. Wilson, Felix Hernandez and Jon Lester, among others.

The Tigers scouted each of Fister's last two starts, including when he allowed just three runs in seven innings in a 4-1 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday night. In Fister's five starts this month, the Mariners have scored just three runs total while he was in the game.

Fister makes just $436,500, and came into this season with just over one year of major-league service time, so he won't be eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season.

The 28-year-old Pauley has a 2.15 ERA in 39 appearances for the Mariners this year.

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Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2011 1:51 pm

Tigers call up Turner, trade for Fister

. His ERA is 3.33, and his 1.17 WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) is less than that of , , and , among others.


Ummm .... these numbers are VERY GOOD ... like I said, just cuz he's losing on a crap team that can't score runs doesn't mean you trade a guy.   And isn't he only like 27  .... good, young, cheap pitchers are hard to find.   If Seattle is "rebuilding" this is the type you rebuild with.  Position players are a lot easier to fill in.  Seattle screwed up BIGTIME.

Adding in Pauley was even dumber ... I still can't get over this trade.

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2011 1:53 am

Tigers call up Turner, trade for Fister

Yeah it's hard to see Pauley go, but Fister wasn't great.  He was just alright.  It's better for Seattle to get a lot of young prospects to join Ackley, Pineda, Carp, Halman, Smoak, Peguero, and all of those guys in these rebuilding years for the Mariners.  We have no solid veterans, (even Ichiro has dropped way off), and it's time for Seattle to rely on the young players now

Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2011 12:35 am

Tigers call up Turner, trade for Fister

Good Job Tigers!

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:53 pm

Tigers call up Turner, trade for Fister

Has Seattle lost their minds?   I was just saying the other day Fister could probably win 15 games EASY on a decent hitting team.   Just cuz he has a poor W/L record doesn't mean you dump a kid in his prime for A BAG OF BOLTS.   To make matters worse, they inclued Pauley who finally seems to have figured things out and is having a great year out of the bullpen.  No wonder Seattle always sucks ... this is BY FAR the dumbest trade this year ... Wow .. just wow.  

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:00 pm

James Shields?

Any trade for Shields is going to involve a lot more prospects than the Tigers traded to Seattle.  TB and their $60 million budget know the only way they can compete every few years is to produce players and trade them for more prospects if they can't get into the playoffs.  This is one of "those years," and down here we fully expect to see another of our best players get traded for two or three players who will grow into stars in two or three years, plus another one or two players who have an outside chance of developing into everyday players.  

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