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Wow, what an incredible start to the offseason. A-Rod opts out of his contract, the Yankees reportedly offer Joe Girardi their vacant managerial job, and now a big time trade.
The Atlanta Braves have reportedly traded short stop Edgar Renteria to the Detroit Tigers for two high end prospects. The Tigers fill their need for **** and the Braves restock their farm system. I will admit I don’t know much about the youngsters involved in the deal but according the to AP, "Jurrjens started seven games in Detroit last year and was 3-1 with a 4.70 ERA. He was 7-5 with a 3.20 ERA in 19 starts for Double-A Erie. Hernandez hit .293 with four homers, 50 RBIs and stole 54 bases in 124 games at Class-A West Michigan last season."
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Updated 3:51 pm: Reports out of Detroit are that the Cardinals have given up "a player to be named later." The St. Louis Post-Dispatch said it was for "players to be named later" (notice the plural). I believe the proverbial player to be named later is chosen from a list of players the team makes available. So, in this case, the Cardinals would provide a list and the Tigers would pick a player or players depending on the agreement. I’m not 100% on this so if some of our readers can fill us in on the process I’d be grateful.
Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com is reporting that the Cardinals have acquired left handed pitcher Mike Maroth.
"Seeking to bolster their rotation, the Cardinals have acquired left-handed pitcher Mike Maroth from the Tigers, FOXSports.com has learned.
The trade is the Tigers’ second in three days as they prepare for the returns of left-handers Kenny Rogers and Nate Robertson from the disabled list. On Wednesday, Detroit sent left-hander Wil Ledezma to the Braves for left-hander Macay McBride, in part because McBride can be sent to the minors without restriction while Ledezma would need to clear waivers before getting demoted.
The Cardinals have also been actively dealing this week. Maroth becomes the second pitcher St. Louis has added, after they signed right-hander Tomo Ohka to a minor-league contract on Tuesday."
No word yet on who the Cardinals gave up, although this winter a rumored deal between the Cardinals and Tigers had Encarnacion and Looper headed to Detroit for Maroth and Thames. I’ll keep you updated as the information comes in.
The AP is reporting that the Atlanta Braves and Detroit Tigers traded unusually named lefty relievers. Macay McBride will be heading to the Tigers while Wilfredo Ledezma is on his way to the Braves.
Ledezma is 3-1 with a 4.79 ERA in 23 games out ofthe bullpen this year. The 26-year-old went 15-18 with a 5.15 ERA in 33
starts and 73 relief appearances during five seasons with the Tigers.
24-year-old McBride, selected by the Braves in the first-round of the
2001 amateur draft, was 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 18 relief appearances
with Atlanta this season. He also went 1-2 with a 3.13 ERA in five
starts and two relief appearances for Triple-A Richmond.
It’s definitely not a blockbuster but I can always use a few warmups before the frantic posting of trade deadline starts up in the middle of July.
The Detroit Tigers have officially joined the ever growing list of teams looking for solid relief pitching. The Detroit News mentions Texas Ranger Eric Gagne and Houston Astro Brad Lidge as two likely targets for the striped cats, however, it also correctly predicts that neither reliever will come cheap. The article goes on to mention that trading Mike Maroth isn’t out of the question. Despite his 5.29 ERA there is pretty much an endless line of teams that could use a solid pitcher, not to mention a lefty, the question is how many of those teams also happen to have a quality reliever to deal?
It appears that retired reliever, turned comeback kid, Troy Percival won’t be getting an offer… at least not from his long time team, the Angels. The LA Times quoted Angels GM Bill Stoneman as saying "With the strength of our pen — we have as strong if not stronger a pen than when we did not ask him back — I think that’s probably out. To think we’re looking for help for the bullpen, that’s not where our priorities are at."
However, Percival and his agent shouldn’t be worried just yet as papers from several other cities are reporting the home town team has interest in the reinvigorated reliever. The bulk of the buzz is coming from Detroit, where Percival spent two injury plagued years before retiring. The Detroit News says the Tigers are "intrigued" by Percival and report that the team has been in contact with the pitcher’s agent.
The Philadelphia Daily News reports that the Phils "like many teams" have been in contact with Troy’s agent. It also isn’t exactly a stretch to say that "the Phillies badly need bullpen help." Given that need, Percival would certainly seem to make sense there as well.
And last but not least The Plain Dealer (out of Cleveland) today insinuated the Indians might have interest in the pitcher as well although GM Mark Shapiro would not give an indication one way or the other. But, when is the last time someone refused to comment on a player that they really weren’t looking into?
So, while it may not happen in Anaheim, er I mean LA, by all indications there seems to be great interest in Percival’s services. Isn’t it nice to be wanted?
UPDATE: It looks like the Cardinals have finally acquired Maroth.
Detroit radio is reporting that a deal between the two World Series teams is imminent The deal that is being reported would send Mike Maroth and Marcus Thames to the Cardinals in exchange for Juan Encarnacion and Braden Looper.
This rumor makes quite a bit of sense as both Maroth and Encarnacion have been rumored to be on their way out from their respective teams. Maroth, who went 5-2 with a 4.19 ERA as a starter for the Tigers would give the Cardinals the left handed starter they’ve not had since Mark Mulder went on the DL. He’d also be the cheap, inning eating pitcher the Cardinals have gravitated to in recent years.
Looper went 9-3 for the Cardinals, with an ERA of 3.56 in 69 relief appearances and would bolster the Tigers’ fairly deep bullpen. The swap of Thames and Encarnacion would likely not greatly affect either club as the players are so similar. Thames hit .256 with 26 home runs and 60 runs driven in while Encarnacion batted .278 with 19 HR and 79 RBI. Encarnacion performed slightly better than Thames but has reportedly feuded with Cardinal management over playing time during the playoffs.
As always, I’ll keep you updated as the situation unfolds and provide links as they become available.
The Detroit Tigers announced today that they have come to terms withpostseason hero, first baseman Sean Casey on a one year contract.
Casey came to the Tigers in a deadline deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates
and batted an outstanding .432 in the postseason and went 9-17 in the
World Series. If Casey can regain his 2004 form when he batted .324
with 99 runs driven in, he will be a great compliment to newly acquired
Gary Sheffiled, hopefully invigorating a Tiger offense that struggled
at times, last season, to score runs.