The Tigers are going for it.
As Major League Baseball's trade deadline neared Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski pulled the trigger and traded Detroit's most coveted prospect, pitcher Jacob Turner, to the Miami Marlins for pitcher Anibal Sanchez and former Tiger and second baseman Omar Infante. Also sent to Miami in the trade were Tigers' prospects Rob Brantly (catcher) and Double-A left-handed pitcher Brian Flynn.
Detroit has been juggling their fifth spot rotation starter for the better part of the 2012 season and is one of the many reasons they struggled to be better than average through the season's first half.
With Sanchez now in the mix, they've not only filled an obvious void but did so with an established major-league pitcher that can maximize their opportunity to remain atop the AL Central standings.
The Tigers made it clear in the off-season that the time to win in Detroit is now when the handed Prince Fielder a monstrous contract in the wake of a season-ending injury to the versatile-hitting Victor Martinez. Owner Mike Ilitch isn't getting any younger and opportunity to see his team hoist a World Series trophy was fleeting until the month of July.
With the Tigers red-hot in this month team leadership decided to stoke the fire a bit more with the addition of Sanchez and Infante, filling two obvious needs and turning loose a guy that had several opportunities to fill the shoes that Sanchez will now occupy.
While the loss of Turner cannot be fully measured at present, the Tigers will have to wait and see how their roll of the dice turns out down the road. With Sanchez, however, they'll experience the overall plus/minus a whole lot sooner.
Here's five reasons why Sanchez is the clincher for Detroit to take home their second consecutive divisional pennant.