Detroit Tigers: Has Trading for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante Paid off Yet?

On July 23rd, the Detroit Tigers made a trade with the Miami Marlins. Sending top prospect Jacob Turner, Rob Brantly, and Brian Flynn to the Marlins in exchange for Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez.

So could the Tigers proclaim themselves as the clear cut winners yet? Is it still too early? Or did Dave Dombrowski make another bad trade?

Lets take a look at the players:

Omar Infante:  Before the Tigers made the trade for Infante, they ranked dead last in the MLB for production out of their second basemen. Infante got off to a slow start, but has really turned it up. Since putting back on the old English D, he is hitting .304/.315/.478 with two home runs and nine RBIs. In the month of August Infante has really shined. Hitting .372/.370/.605  with a .975 OPS. He has done exactly what Dombrowski hoped he would do, and has definitely the best part of the trade.

Anibal Sanchez: When the Tigers traded for Sanchez they hoped they were getting a pitcher that could step into the number four spot in the rotation and pitch well down the stretch. Since putting on a Tigers’ uniform, Sanchez has not pitched well. In four starts Sanchez is 1-3 with a 7.97 ERA, with a WHIP over two. This trade could turn out to be Jarrod Washburn number two, except this time, the Tigers gave up one of their best prospects in return.

Jacob Turner: In four starts with the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins Triple-A affiliate), Turner has posted a 2-0 record with a 2.42 ERA. In September, Turner could be called up to the Marlins and maybe able to show his value he will have for years to come.

Rob Brantly: Brantly got the call up from the Zephyrs, and is slated to make his major league debut sometime on Monday or Tuesday. In 14 games in Triple-A, Brantly hit .365/.389/.558 with two home runs and 11 RBIs. With has bad as John Buck has been this year, Brantly looks to be the new full time catcher and the catcher of the future.

Brian Flynn: So far Flynn has been pitching well in Double-A. In 23 2/3 innings, Flynn has posted a 2-0 record, with a respectable 3.42 ERA. Flynn could on the Marlins maybe sometime next year, but could be in Triple-A by the end of the year.

Who has won? No one, yet. It has been a little over three weeks since the trade occurred. Although Sanchez has been terrible, Infante has picked up for his slack and has been providing a lot of production and stabitlity at second. But, in the next two years the Marlins could be the clear cut winners. Sanchez is probably nothing but a rental arm, and Infante is signed through 2013 but could be extended in the off-season or at the end of 2013.

The Marlins could have their catcher of the future, and a potential number two or three starter in Turner, and a back end of the rotation guy in Flynn. So for now, no one has won the deal. But in the long run, the Marlins could be the winners.

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