Detroit Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski has made his first trade of the season, acquiring former Tiger Zach Miner from the Kansas City Royals earlier today. The Tigers gave up cash considerations according to this article in the Detroit Free Press to acquire Miner, who will be added to the bullpen and possibly even spot start for the Tigers.
This move raises several different questions considering it’s only 13 games into the season and we are already adding pitching to a bullpen and rotation that was seemingly set a month ago. Miner is 29 years old and compiled a 4.29 ERA over 4 seasons with the Tigers but had Tommy John surgery last year and missed the entire 2010 season.
2 Scenarios for making this move…
The worst case scenario for Tigers fans would of course be if SP Doug Fister injury is worse than originally expected. In this article on MLB.com yesterday they reported Fister being slowed down in his rehabilitation program after feeling something in his abdominal area. That coupled with the trade today, says to me that the Tigers know something that we don’t and are scrambling to add depth and backups to the pitching staff.
Another scenario is that the Tigers are just adding depth as a backup plan due to Jacob Turner not filling the 5th spot in the rotation as they hoped he would. This could be to either fill the 5th spot or to set up for another possible trade they are stocking up for.
Whatever the situation is, the bottom line is that the Tigers have just traded for a pitcher who is coming off Tommy John surgery, who the Kansas City Royals were willing to trade for only cash considerations to a team in their division. I personally don’t see too much upside in such a move, but only time will tell.
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