ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick first reported news of a possible trade involving Doug Fister going to the Tigers. Then Danny Knobler of CBS Sports followed up, reporting that the Mariners will trade Doug Fister and David Pauley to the Detroit Tigers for outfielder Casper Wells, pitcher Charlie Furbush and third base prospect Francisco Martinez and possibly a player to be named later.
It’s now official as Pauley and Fister are saying their goodbyes at Safeco.
From the press release:
Furbush and Wells will join the Mariners 25-man roster and will be active for Sunday’s series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays (1:10 p.m. PT). Martinez will report to the Mariners AA affiliate Jackson Generals in the Southern League.
“We felt that today’s deal provided us the opportunity to acquire several players that are at or near Major League ready and we could control for five to six years, all of whom have upside potential,” Zduriencik said. “We believe it improves the construction of our Major League roster by adding a right-handed bat and a left-handed arm immediately, and thanks to the young arms we have in our minor league system, we believe that we were able to add talent to our organization while dealing from an area of depth.
“Doug and David have done a very nice job for us, and it was tough for us to move them, but as we continue to accumulate talent in our organization that will allow us to be the kind of team we aspire to be, a team that contends for and wins championships, these are the sort of tough decisions we need to make when the opportunity presents itself.”
Fister may have (3-12) record, but that’s largely due to receiving the poorest run support in all of the American League. He has an ERA of 3.33 ERA. This year he’s raised his strikeout rate and groundball rate.
Pauley was one of the Mariners best set-up men early on. But in recent weeks, he’s been hit a little more. Still, he’s appeared in 39 games and posted an ERA of 2.22. In 54 1/3 innings, he’s struck out 34 and walked 16.
Wells is a right-handed hitting outfielder with a little pop. He hit 21 home runs last year with Triple A Toledo. This year he has four homers and 10 doubles in 113 at-bats with the Tigers. His .451 slugging percentage in that small sample size is higher than everyone on the Mariners other than Dustin Ackley.
Most scouts feel he isn’t an every day outfielder in the big leagues. But looking at the Mariners roster, well, he might be a starter.
Furbush is a middle reliever that’s appeared in 17 games, posting a 1-3 record with a 3.62 ERA. In 32 1/3 innings pitched, he’s struck out 26 batters, but walked 14. He relies heavily on his fastball and uses a cut fastball. He also has a curveball and changeup. Here’s a scouting report on Furbush.
Martinez is third baseman with some potential. He’s only 20 years old playing in Double A, where he’s hitting .282 with seven homers and 46 RBI. He has .319 on-base percentage.
According to Baseball America, a most trusted publication, Martinez rated as the Tigers’ No. 4 prospect coming into this season.