Detroit Tigers fans have been begging all year for General Manager Dave Dombrowski to make a trade for a quality second baseman to replace Ryan Raburn, and the platoon of Ramon Santiago and Danny Worth.
On Monday, fans got their wish as the Tigers acquired Omar Infante and right-handed pitcher Anibal Sanchez in exchange for former phenom pitching prospect, rookie right-hander Jacob Turner, two Minor League prospects and a future draft pick.
The 30-year-old Infante returns to the Tigers after spending the first six years of his career in Detroit from 2002-2007. He was traded briefly to the Chicago Cubs after the 2007 season, before being traded again to the Atlanta Braves where he spent three seasons.
Infante earned the everyday job at second base for the Braves in 2010, hitting .321 with eight home runs and 47 RBI in 134 games.
He was traded again to the Marlins in November 2010 and has been solid, hitting .276 in 148 games last season, and .287 with eight home runs and 33 RBI in 85 games so far this year.
Tigers' second baseman are hitting .201 with two home runs and 25 RBI's this season, which is by far, the worst in baseball.
The Tigers also acquire a proven, quality starter in Sanchez who is 5-7 and has a decent 3.94 ERA this season, and an efficient 110-to-33 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 121 innings so far this year. Sanchez, who's 28 years old, began his career with the Marlins in 2006, and has had a sub-four ERA in five of his seven seasons in Florida.
Infante's two-year, $8 million contract runs through 2013. Sanchez, who is making $8 million this year, is eligible for arbitration after the season.
Tigers fans will be thrilled to see Raburn's playing time diminished, but may be irked at giving up Turner.
Turner, who's 21 years old, was the Tigers No. 9 overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft and was considered Detroit's ace of the future. He made four Major League starts for the Tigers, including two this season, and earned his first career win on Sunday, defeating the Chicago White Sox.
For now, with No. 5 starter, Drew Smyly, on the disabled list, Sanchez joins the Tigers in the No. 5 spot, while Infante will presumably become the everyday starter at second base for Detroit.
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