Heading into the trade deadline, the Tigers took care of some crucial business and cleaned up with deals that involved Kansas City and Seattle.
The Tigers have already been enjoying Wilson Betemit—their acquisition from Kansas City—as he has now hit at least once in all four starts since coming over.
But the Tigers finally took care of two other, more pressing, issues in acquiring SP Doug Fister and RP David Pauley.
The Tigers started their search for another starting pitcher with a list that included 20 or so names, and after an exhausting month, the club feels they landed the right guy for the job.
Fister’s ugly 3-12 record and 1.17 WHIP makes the deal seems terrible to some, but the fact is Fister had zero run support in Seattle, and those stats are reflective of that.
Fister’s 3.33 ERA, however, ranks 20th among AL starters.
David Pauley also serves a huge purpose by providing the Tigers with the right-handed reliever the Tigers have been short on all season long.
Pauley is 5-4 with a 2.14 ERA and seven holds to one blown.