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Marlins acquire Robertson from Tigers

Posted on: March 30, 2010 1:45 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2010 3:48 pm
 
The Marlins have acquired left-hander Nate Robertson from the Tigers, allowing both teams to set their opening day starting rotation and ensuring that Dontrelle Willis will return to the big leagues as the Tigers' fifth starter.

The Tigers got minor-league left-hander Jay Voss in the deal, and will also pay a large chunk of Robertson's $10 million contract.

Robertson, originally drafted by the Marlins and then traded to the Tigers in January 2003, joins a starting staff that will also include Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez and Chris Volstad. Clay Hensley had been leading the competition to become the fifth starter, but the Marlins were never comfortable with using him. Robertson will be the only left-hander in the rotation.

The Tigers had similar concerns about the end of their rotation. Robertson was having a good spring (2-1, 3.66), but the Tigers weren't convinced that he can be successful without the velocity he had earlier in his career. They had settled on Jeremy Bonderman as their fourth starter (behind Justin Verlander, Rick Porcello and Max Scherzer), and preferred Willis over Robertson for the fifth spot.

Willis is a one-time 22-game winner (with Florida in 2005), but he has just one win in two years since coming to the Tigers in the Miguel Cabrera trade. He has had troubles with command and anxiety issues, and at times the team seemed to be on the verge of simply releasing him.

Willis pitched significantly better this spring, (2-0, 1.20), although he still had eight walks in 15 innings. Scouts were impressed when he hit 93 mph on a radar gun in a start last week.

Voss is a 22-year-old reliever who pitched in Double-A last year, and was in the Marlins' major-league camp this spring.

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One side note: The last few winters, Robertson was the only player on the Tiger roster who made his year-round home in Michigan. A Kansas native, he had settled down in Canton, Mich.

In speaking to reporters after the trade was made, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Robertson told him, "My heart is in Detroit."

The Detroit Free Press reported this week that Brandon Inge has decided to move to Michigan year-round. Inge and his wife Shani lived in the Ann Arbor area for several years, but later moved to South Carolina.

There's no guarantee Inge will be with the Tigers past this season. His four-year, $24 million contract runs out at the end of the 2010 season.

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Oh gee I'm sorry I didn't know how to spell Scherzer it's such a common name what is this a spelling test you knew who I was referring to. I'm a huge tigers fan and if you didn't have any doubts about this starting five your a liar. Didn't you read that I said Max has a great k/9  ratio and ace potential but pitching in the AL is tougher than the NL.  Man have  a comment about my Tigers and all of a sudden I'm not a fan .  I've been with the Tigers through thick n thin from 1980 till now and will always be I'm offended by saying I don't support the team .  Anyway great start Tigers lets keep it up and Magglio is on FIRE!  GO TIGERS!!!


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