Detroit Tigers Acquire Omar Infante, Anibal Sanchez in Trade from Miami Marlins

Eric Ball@@BigLeagueEballFeatured ColumnistJuly 23, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 22: Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Miami Marlins pitches in the first inning of the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on July 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Tigers are ready to win now.

Jon Morosi of Fox Sports is reporting that the Tigers have acquired second baseman Omar Infante and right-handed pitcher Anibal Sanchez from the Miami Marlins:

#Tigers acquire Infante and A Sanchez from Marlins

— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 23, 2012

The Marlins are receiving Jacob Turner, Rob Brantly and Brian Flynn, and the two sides are trading competitive-balance picks, according to Peter Gammons of the MLB Network.

This is the first time teams have swapped competitive-balance picks under the new CBA, according to Aaron Gleeman of

Infante, 30, is currently hitting .287 with eight home runs, 33 RBI and a .754 OPS. He’s a career .276 hitter who is in the midst of his 11th major league season. He was originally drafted by the Tigers as an 18-year-old back in 1999.

Sanchez, 28, has a 5-7 record with a 3.94 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and a .259 BAA this season. While he has struggled of late, there is no question he’s a middle-of-the-rotation starter who can be an innings-eater for the Tigers.

Monday’s transaction tells us two things: 1) Detroit is now the clear favorite to win a mediocre American League Central, and 2) Miami has waved the white flag on the 2012 season and is looking to rebuild.

Already enjoying a 1.5-game lead over the Chicago White Sox heading into play on Monday, the Tigers would be in a major upset if they were unable to win the division with the addition of two veterans who can instantly improve the depth of their club at positions of need.

As for the Marlins, clearly, their 2012 experiment didn’t work out.

Throwing a ton of money at free agents in the offseason to get fans excited for a new stadium and Showtime reality show didn’t work, and now they are trying to rebuild quickly.

Turner, 21, may prove to be a big part of the rebuilding process. While a 1-1 record with an 8.03 ERA and 1.95 WHIP in three starts for the Tigers this season is certainly nothing to get excited about, he’s still projected to have a bright future and is incredibly young.

With Sanchez scheduled to enter free agency at the end of this season, the Marlins did a solid job of landing talent for a guy who may not return next year and a decent infielder who will never be great.