News recently broke that the Detroit Tigers had traded their steady starting pitcher Doug Fister for several players who wouldn’t be recognizable to most baseball fans if they were put together.
Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Krol and Robby Ray were some of the names rumored to be coming to Detroit, but a feeling of shock and confusion swept through Tigers nation as the trade went through. What is the purpose of this trade? Why would the Tigers pull a move that more resembles a small market team trade than a team in contention for a World Series? The answer is we really don’t know.
Some rumors as to why they made this move include a plan to move Drew Smyly into the rotation, and while that is now a likely scenario, it still doesn’t explain why the Tigers demanded so little for a pitcher who was under contract control and had produced so much for the team.
This is especially pressing since they traded him to another World Series contender in the Washington Nationals. Was this a move to clear up cap space for a big signing? It’s unlikely since Fister was not exactly a high-priced player on this current roster.
It isn’t like Dave Dombrowski to make moves that trade veterans for prospects, and in fact he almost always does exactly the opposite. Is there a underlying reason why the Tigers made this move? We will find out in the next few weeks, but as it stands right now, I don’t think any Tigers fan can be excited about this trade.
A level of concern and questioning has to be a part of the conversation in the coming days. Let’s hope Dombrowski knows more than we do.