Meeting Your New Detroit Tigers

Earlier today the Detroit Tigers made a trade with the Miami Marlins that sent Jacob Turner, Rob Brantly, and Brian Flynn to the Miami Marlins for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante. Tigers fans know about Infante, but some do not know that much about Sanchez.

Lets get acquainted, shall we?

Anibal Sanchez stands at 5’11 and weighs in at 205 pounds. He was born February 24, 1984 in Maracay, Aragua,Venezuela . Sanchez was signed by the Boston Red Sox in 2001 as an amateur free agent.

In 2005 Sanchez was apart of the trade that sent Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell, and Guillermo Mota to the Red Sox.

Sanchez first made his debut in the Marlins old teal uniforms in 2006. In his rookie campaign Sanchez went 10-3 with a 2.83 ERA while finishing ninth in the Rookie of the Year voting.

After two down years in 2007 and 2008, Sanchez has molded into a solid starting pitcher. Since 2009 Sanchez is 30-36 with a 3.72 ERA. In that time span Sanchez struck out 540 batters in 598.1 innings, while only walking 213 hitters.

Sanchez has an arsenal that features a fastball that will top out at 94-MPH, a slider that gets up to 89-MPH with great movement, and change-up, that is regarded as his best pitch.

Omar Infante also is 5’11 and weighs in at 195 pounds. He was born December 26,1981 in Puerto la Cruz, Anzoategui, Venezuela. Infante was signed by the Tigers in 1999 as an amateur free agent.

Infante made his Tigers debut in 2002, but only played 18 games that season. Infante wouldn’t play a full season until 2004 when played in 142 games and hit .264 with 16 home runs and 55 RBIs.

Infante played for the Tigers from 2002 to 2007. The Tigers then traded Infante to the Chicago Cubs for Jacque Jones. He would never put on a Cubs uniform. He was quickly traded to the Atalanta Braves with Will Ohman for Jose Ascanio.

With the Braves, Infante put up some of his best numbers to date.  In 2010 he hit .321 with eight home runs and 47 RBIs, and made his first All Star team.

After playing for the Braves for three years, the Braves traded Infante and Mike Dunn to the then Florida Marlins for all star second basemen Dan Uggla.

Infante has played for the Marlins for the last season in a half before the Tigers traded for him and he went full circle.

Now you know about your new Detroit Tigers!

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  • John Wasylyk

    John,
    Nice article but let me offer you a fact to think about…
    Since 2009 Sanchez has developed into a solid starting pitcher…30-36 for a last place team.
    How about AJ Burnett…45-38 during the same time period. Would you call him solid starting pitcher and most of that time period he pitched for the Yankees!
    Nice try, but this guy is another in a long line of overated, overpayed ball players.

    • johnczech

      Wins are an overrated stat. How about you look at K/9, ERA, and BB/9.

      Sanchez’s numbers from 2009-2011: 30-36, 3.66 ERA, 8.1 K/9, 3.4 BB/9
      Burnett’s numbers from 2009-2011: 34-35, 4.79 ERA, 7.9 K/9, 4.0 BB/9

      No only is Sanchez’s ERA nearly a run lower, he had a better K/9, and BB/9 rate, while on a last place ball club.

      The only reason why Burnett even has as many wins as he did in that span was he played for an offensive powerhouse like the Yankees.

      Sanchez put up solid numbers with bad ball clubs.