The Detroit Tigers have been one of most disappointing teams this season. But when you have a second baseman who is hitting .169, the reasons for their record come a little more clearer. That’s why there are MLB Rumors involving the Tigers and Miami Marlins second baseman Omar Infante.
Infante, 30, played for the Tigers from 2002-2007 as a role player. Back then, Infante was nothing like the player he is today. Coming into today, Infante has a .280/.309/.448/.757 slash-line, with a 2.0 fWAR this season. A solid second baseman, certainly, but compared to the crap Detroit is throwing out there Omar Infante looks like Joe Morgan.
This could be the first move of many that the Miami Marlins make before the July 31st deadline. Today, we have heard rumblings about the Marlins sending Hanley Ramirez and Heath Bell to the Boston Red Sox for another overpriced disappointment in Carl Crawford. Needless to say, things haven’t gone according to plan in South Beach.
The Tigers appear to be one of the most aggresive teams this deadline, which comes as no surprise considering the amount of holes the pre-season favorites have. Outside of Justin Verlander, Austin Jackson, Miguel Cabrera, and Prince Fielder, the team is full of underperfomers, unless you want to throw in the career .700 MiLB OPS Quinton Berry as a success. But outside of mariginal moves like an Infante or a Clayton Richard for the starting rotation, there isn’t a whole lot the Tigers can do with their weak farm system.
Detroit’s farm system might be one of the worst in baseball. Jacob Turner proved how overrated he is last night against the Angels. Andy Oliver – their second best pitching prospect – is going on the disabled list. And while Nick Castellanos is hitting pretty well in the Minors, he isn’t enough reel in the big fish.
So, as of right now, Omar Infante might be as good as the Tigers can afford.
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