Lukewarm Stove: Tigers Acquire Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante from Marlins (And Ichiro to Yankees!)

Well, to the extent you’d been dreaming of a Matt Garza/Darwin Barney package netting Nick Castellanos and Jacob Turner from the Tigers, you can probably put those dreams to bed.

Today, according to Jon Morosi (well, we’ll see if this trade sticks), the Tigers picked up starter Anibal Sanchez and infielder Omar Infante for Turner and more. (UPDATE: The more is a decent catching prospect and another young arm. The two sides are also swapping competitive balance picks, which is a net gain for the Tigers. That explains the Turner inclusion a little bit.)

The Tigers had been looking at starting pitchers for a while now, and had *really* been looking for an infield upgrade. In Sanchez, they get a 28-year-old free agent-to-be, who isn’t quite the caliber of Garza, but is a solid starting pitcher. Solid enough, I’d guess, that they’re now out of the market for another pitcher.

In Infante, the Tigers get 30-year-old second baseman, who’s signed for cheap through next year. He’s got decent numbers this year (better than Darwin Barney, if you’re wondering), and will be a dramatic upgrade over what the Tigers had been throwing out there at second.

It’s pretty amazing that the Marlins were able to get Turner (plus more, which we don’t know yet) for a couple months of Sanchez, and a year and a half of Infante. Once again, I think it’s a signal that the selling market is indeed quite strong (and that Turner’s stock has fallen a bit). I also think it’s fair to wonder if the timing of this deal has anything to do with the timing of the prospective Cubs/Braves/Dempster trade (either spurring the Marlins to sell, or spurring the Tigers to make a move now that Dempster is off the market).

All in all, I think, absent an injury, this closes the door on any talks between the Tigers and Cubs about a starter or a second baseman. It’s possible that a reliever or a bench bat could come up, but I strongly doubt it.

Collateral damage from the move, over than the obvious implications addressed above? It could make the White Sox and/or Indians a little more itchy to make a move, though the Indians are some four-ish games out in the AL Central, and the White Sox don’t have much of a farm system from which to deal.

UNRELATED BUT INTERESTING UPDATE: According to Jack Curry of the YES Network, the Yankees have acquired Ichiro Suzuki (and cash) for DJ Mitchell and Danny Fahrquar. The Yankees were thought to be pondering an outfielder in light of Brett Gardner’s season-ending injury, but this is this first we’ve heard of something like this. Wow. There’s not really much of an impact on the Cubs here, but, still, it’s just a fun, crazy trade.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

42 responses to “Lukewarm Stove: Tigers Acquire Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante from Marlins (And Ichiro to Yankees!)”

  1. Cyranojoe

    Was it a fair deal? I thought Turner was nigh-untouchable… or was that solely Castellanos?

    1. nkniacc13

      Castellanos

  2. Doug

    I’m guessing Garza finishes the season with the Cubs.

  3. Evenbetternewsv2.0

    Damn that is a good return.

  4. Cerambam

    I REALLY wanted turner

  5. Patrick G

    Wow Turner, Brantly, and Flynn

  6. MaxM1908

    Twitter reporting that Marlins also got C Rob Brantley and LHP Brian Flynn. Teams also traded comp picks.

  7. nkniacc13

    Marlins get Turner, Brantly and Flynn as well as they traded the draft picks they aquired in the Competitiver balance lottery last week

  8. AD

    Funny how Dempster was the first domino to fall, yet he wasn’t.

  9. nkniacc13

    Im still not sure what to make of this trade and how it helps/hurts the Cubs other than taking Det out of the picture

  10. J Wilson

    Wow, I just saw Delgado’s stuff, real live fastball with movement and a great changeup, his stuff is lights out.

    1. THEOlogical

      I live in Ga and have been watching the Braves and Delgado for a long time. He has some stuff but always has that one blowout inning. I’d still be excited to get him in a return though.

  11. someday...2015?

    Come on Rangers, make a move for Garza!! I wonder if it would be possible to get Olt, and Buckel as centerpieces in a deal?…

  12. Carew

    Wow f*** the yankees. Now I cant root for Ichiro

    1. NCMoss

      Exactly! I can’t believe the Mariners traded him! He’s like a god in Seattle! When I went there he was everywhere! They just lost a ton of fans.

      1. Carew

        I know! My parents went to Seattle for a trip and they said it was nothing but Ichiro up there. Seattle is SCREWED

  13. nkniacc13

    Im shocked by this deal that the yanks were able to pull off

  14. Ryan G

    I think this move makes the Rangers/Angels/Red Sox more likely to make a move. Matt Garza come on down! Hopefully Angels trade for Grienke first and make the Rangers go all in on Garza.

    1. someday...2015?

      Couldn’t agree more. Except I really hope the Jays are in on Garza. They would drive up the Rangers offer and vise versa.

  15. nkniacc13

    When was the last time the Yanks got money sen to them in a deal?

  16. nkniacc13

    I wonder if the nationals would be interested in maholm?

  17. Mysterious4th

    Really, this dempster trade needs to happen. We’ve waited long enough. Ok now I must go pop the top on a beer

  18. Spencer

    Meanwhile, T Wood is starting Friday to give Garza more time. Don’t see any possible way he’s traded before the deadline. Good.

    1. EvenBetterNewsV2.0

      Wow, we now have two weeks in between starts. Must be something new.

  19. calicubsfan007

    Woah, Ichiro? It great for the Yanks now, but one really has to wonder what will happen next year when Gardner is healthy.

  20. supergeek24

    Wow crazy sports day for me got excited about dempster trade now its on hold. Two Michigan players suspened and now the fish got in on our kool aid but now I want the jays and rangers to out bid each other

  21. Big Joe

    This is not the same Ichiro we’re used to seeing. Still a good player, mind you. But, this is a huge deal 5 years ago. Now, it’s just a nice pick up for the Yankees.

    1. nkniacc13

      yeah but the mariners didn’t really get anyone exciting IMO and they sent cash in the deal

      1. Big Joe

        I can agree with you on that.

      2. nkniacc13

        then i see ichiro is a FA after the year and seattle only sent 2 million og the 6.7 left on his contract so I get the return for the M’s

  22. supergeek24

    And brett you are a better cubs writer then Carrie musket anyday of the week

    1. calicubsfan007

      Supergeek: What about the days immediately following the trade deadline? Brett’s brain (and fingers) will definetly be fried by then, so I think that they would be the same level during that time. (=

  23. calicubsfan007

    Just the mere fact that the Tigers gave Turner to the Marlins for two okay players says a lot about why the Tigers’ trade for Garza didn’t work out.

  24. @cubsfantroy

    The Mariners attendance just dropped by about 2,000 after that trade. I can’t believe they would trade him. I figured him to always be untouchable. Of course like Demp, I’m sure they would like him to get a ring and be able to call himself a champion.

  25. ferrets_bueller

    Tigers won this trade, because Turner is the most overrated pitching prospect in the game. he has nowhere near ace stuff.

    1. calicubsfan007

      Gotta agree with you there ferrets_bueller. I was one of those who blindly loved Turner, but when I saw the return from the Marlins, I realized that he really isn’t worth all that much.

    2. Jeff

      Infante is definitely an upgrade and Sanchez can be really good at times. I agree, this is good for the Tigers. It probably rules out any Cubs/Tigers trade. Now that Lewis is out for the year and Oswalt has a bad back, maybe Texas will become an option.

      1. calicubsfan007

        Jeff: ESPN said that the Rangers scouted Hamels, Greinke, and Liriano, but no mention of Garza.

        1. Jeff

          Yes, but I don’t think Hamels and Grenkie are going anywhere and good luck if you want Liriano

          1. calicubsfan007

            I agree Jeff, I would never want Liriano! Maybe the Rangers are really, really confident in their pitching coach?

            1. Leroy K.

              Liriano is still playing? LOL….