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RP Ian Krol
The Tigers have moved aggressively to free up payroll space while still filling needs this offseason, likely putting themselves in a position to re-sign Max Scherzer at the end of the season and perhaps opening the door for an impact signing in left field as well.
Doug Fister was projected to earn $6.9 million in arbitration this year, so moving him certainly made sense from a financial standpoint, but it's hard to believe the Tigers were not able to get more in return for him.
The 29-year-old went 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA while reaching the 200-inning mark for the second time in his career last year. He is under team control through the end of the 2015 season, making him that much more valuable, yet the Tigers seem to have settled.
Steve Lombardozzi (.259/.278/.338) is a versatile utility man but far from an impact bat and Ian Krol (32 G, 3.95 ERA) is a decent left-handed reliever.
The key acquisition was 21-year-old left-hander Robbie Ray (11-5, 3.36 ERA, 10.1 K/9 at High-A and Double-A), and MLB.com ranks him as the Tigers' No. 3 prospect now, but the Tigers should have been able to get more and wound up settling for less than they wanted.
According to a tweet from Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Tigers also wanted pitcher Taylor Jordan in the deal, but when the Nationals wouldn't budge they settled for the package they received.