Tigers Acquire Omar Infante, Anibal Sanchez

4:59pm: The teams also swap the picks they obtained in last week's competitive balance lottery, Peter Gammons of MLB Network tweets. The Marlins obtain prospects Rob Brantly and Brian Flynn along with Turner, Gammons tweets. The Tigers will now have the last pick in compensation round A (after the first round), while the Marlins will have the final pick in compensation round B (after the second round).

4:41pm: The Tigers have addressed their two most pressing needs with one trade, acquiring Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez from the Marlins in a deal that will send top pitching prospect Jacob Turner to Miami. Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports first reported the trade, which suggests the Marlins are willing to look to 2013 and beyond following a disappointing 44-51 start to the season (on Twitter).

The Marlins are extremely disappointed by their team's performance and are prepared to make a series of trades, Ken Rosenthal and Morosi report (on Twitter). Josh Johnson, Randy Choate and Carlos Lee are among the team's possible trade chips.

Infante, who played for the Tigers from 2002-07, should provide Detroit with an offensive boost at second base. Tigers second basemen — mainly Ramon Santiago and Ryan Raburn — have combined for an MLB-worst .201/.286/.276 batting line. Infante, who's in the first year of a two-year, $8MM contract, has a .287/.312/.442 batting line in 347 plate appearances this year.

Meanwhile, Sanchez will provide Detroit with an established starter to go along with Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello and Doug FisterDrew Smyly, now on the disabled list, provides the team with an additional option. Sanchez, 28, has a 3.94 ERA with 8.2 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 in 121 innings for Miami this year. He's earning $8MM this year and is on track to hit free agency after the season. The Tigers won't be able to obtain compensatory draft picks for Sanchez, since he was acquired midseason.

Turner, the ninth overall selection in 2009, entered the season as the 22nd-best prospect in baseball, according to Baseball America. He started for the Tigers yesterday, helping Detroit beat the White Sox 6-4. The 21-year-old has spent most of the season in the minor leagues, where he has a 2.77 ERA with 6.1 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 in 84 1/3 innings so far in 2012.

Flynn, 22, has a 3.95 ERA with 7.3 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 in 107 innings as a starter at Class A and Double-A this year. The 6'8" left-hander was a seventh round selection in 2011. Brantly, 23, is a catcher who has spent the 2012 season in the upper minors. He has a .287/.332/.387 batting line in 334 plate appearances so far this year.

MLB.com's Joe Frisaro first reported Turner's inclusion in the deal (on Twitter).


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146 Comments on "Tigers Acquire Omar Infante, Anibal Sanchez"


TophersReds
3 years 1 month ago

Finally an unexpected trade!

OaklandFan22
3 years 1 month ago

Yesss! Here we go some action!

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
3 years 1 month ago

Sweet baby jesus……

3 years 1 month ago

Its for Jacob Turner

3 years 1 month ago

plus others according to Jon Morosi

rainyperez
3 years 1 month ago

Yeah I was going to say if it’s just for Jacob Turner the Marlins got fleeced again by the Tigers.

3 years 1 month ago

Oh god… Will Hanley actually move?

rainyperez
3 years 1 month ago

It’s looking likely. Johnson could be on the move as well.

rikersbeard
3 years 1 month ago

i hope the jays sell a quarter of the farm for Johnson

WisBrave
3 years 1 month ago

They were suppose to trade Omar back to the Braves.

DerekJeterDan
3 years 1 month ago

Hitting F5 has finally paid off!
Wow what a deal for the Tigers.
Infante fills in at second perfecftly and Sanchez is a great guy to add to the rotation.
Marlins getting Turner! So unexpected.

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
3 years 1 month ago

Pretty sweet trade, I wonder how many guys the Marlins to send off

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

Better than that.. Sanchez is the most under rated SP on the market…

Man I wanted him in Boston… he will slide to #2 on the Tiger staff, Tiger fans probably have paid him no mind and are in for a pure treat.. The guy has been the stand in Ace of the marlins staff for 2 years with JJ’s injuries and his ineffectiveness this year.

Can’t believe the tigers got a SOLID SS + Sanchez this cheaply..

Chisox and Tribe are in trouble.. Infante can snag anything near the hole and.. Man… What a deal.. Now I may pull for them even.. Just a great deal…

3 years 1 month ago

Infante is a 2B.

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

My fault.. Dunno what was thinking and I watch them…

Maybe he and reyes should have switched huh…

3 years 1 month ago

Yup, but can also play SS 3B and CF. Will play nothing but 2B though for Detroit.

coolstorybro222
3 years 1 month ago

he can play anywhere.

CtTigersfan
3 years 1 month ago

Would rather have had Garza and Barney.

cgriffith
3 years 1 month ago

I don’t mind this move Cubs are sitting on there hands with Dempster and Garza I hope Epstein gets screwed – If I was a Cubs fans I would not be happy.

MaineSox
3 years 1 month ago

The only thing Garza has on Sanchez is team control (and the fact that that can get you draft compensation), Sanchez is the better pitcher and will help the Tigers more down the stretch.

Jerry Mandering
3 years 1 month ago

Guessing Jacob Turner and maybe Raburn are involved?

3 years 1 month ago

Wow! Didn’t think they’d do it (Marlins).
Darn those Tigers!

Jeff Snedden
3 years 1 month ago

ouch Tigers….

gamaize
3 years 1 month ago

Ouch AL Central. :)

WisBrave
3 years 1 month ago

Is this the start of Marlins fire sale? Weren’t the suppose to win the World Series first?

erm016
3 years 1 month ago

I have a comment waiting on approval. Doubt it’ll make it. lol

erm016
3 years 1 month ago

Someone only felt like doing half of their job?

3 years 1 month ago

Things are getting FUN! Dodgers get in this, we need a big bat at either left, 3rd or first.

Carlin Davidson
3 years 1 month ago

or all of the above…

rsanchez1
3 years 1 month ago

Please, Dodgers, take Hanley.

3 years 1 month ago

I’ll take a risk, but marlin would have to send some moeny, can he be like braun and move out to LF after the somehwt fail at 3B.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
3 years 1 month ago

Infante is a nice add and Anibal can finally stop pitching scared. Love this deal for the Tigers!

1980CHAMPS
3 years 1 month ago

Not with that infield defense!

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
3 years 1 month ago

I was actually thinking of all of the low scoring games he’s been involved in. He’s taken some tough losses. He’s used to having bad defense playing behind him.. I think he’s going to be okay with the extra runs that he’ll get.

jwsox
3 years 1 month ago

a groundball pitcher moving to a team with one of the worst defenses in the league? sounds scary

3 years 1 month ago

has worked out pretty well for these guys named Fister and Porcello

mlbscout6
3 years 1 month ago

Sanchez is a strikeout pitcher.

3 years 1 month ago

man, the Pirates could have benefited from trading very little to get a solid starter in Sanchez and a nice middle-infield option in Infante. Tigers make out like bandits IMO

baseball52
3 years 1 month ago

Wow

3 years 1 month ago

wow. the tigers got a steal on this one

jwsox
3 years 1 month ago

its a solid trade far from a steal, Turner has the potential to be a true top of the rotation arm, Infante is a good middle infielder and sanchez is nothing more than a 5th starter in the AL, its a solid trade not a steal at all

gamaize
3 years 1 month ago

Solid trade sounds about right. Trade for now, Ilitch is 80+ and wants a WS title before he goes.

Would adjust Turner high end potential from a #1 to a more realistic #2 or 3. Still an excellent prospect.

diesel2410
3 years 1 month ago

I guess the Tigers were concerned about Turner’s recent struggles?

3 years 1 month ago

I don’t think concerned so much but when you fill two big major league holes with two veteran players who are still reasonably young and cheap. We also get Infante next year at only 4 mil. Sanchez is a free agent but shouldn’t cost too much to re up if we decide to next season.

LifelongMets
3 years 1 month ago

The Marlins haven’t had much luck in trades with the Tigers… See the Cabrera trade..

1980CHAMPS
3 years 1 month ago

Can you imagine if the Marlins kept him? Plus Cabrera signed a team friendly deal with the Tigers.

Jason_F
3 years 1 month ago

Team friendly now = $20MM+/year

formerdraftpick
3 years 1 month ago

Is that all the Marlins received? It seems like the Tigers got an awesome deal.

3 years 1 month ago

The Marlins will also receive a free copy of 8 Mile autographed and sat on by Prince Fielder.

formerdraftpick
3 years 1 month ago

If that’s the case, I think the trade is Even Steven.