REPORT: Tigers Acquire Fister, Pauley
Doug Fister
Executive Editor
Posted Jul 30, 2011
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According to many reports, the Tigers will acquire right-handed starter Doug Fister and right-handed reliever David Pauley from the Mariners. In exchange, the Tigers are believed to be giving up a package that includes Charlie Furbush, Casper Wells, and highly touted prospect Francisco Martinez.

It was the worst kept secret in baseball that the Tigers were trying to add a starting pitcher, and it appears they've achieved that goal on Saturday morning.

The Tigers and Mariners have reportedly reached a deal that will net them Seattle starter Doug Fister. Due to bullpen concerns, the deal is also expected to include reliever David Pauley.

Fister, 27, had just a 3-13 record, however, has posted a 3.33 ERA in 21 starts this year with 89 strikeouts and 32 walks.

Pauley, 28, is 5-4 with a 2.15 ERA in 39 appearances for the Mariners spanning 54 1/3 innings. He's also struck out 34 and walked 13.

In exchange, the Tigers are expected to give up left-hander Charlie Furbush, outfielder Casper Wells and top third base prospect Francisco Martinez, plus one more player.

Furbush had been moving back and forth between Detroit and Toledo, as well as the rotation and the bullpen in Detroit. He was 1-3 with a 3.62 ERA in Detroit.

Wells was hitting .257 with a .774 OPS for the Tigers when he was sent down to Toledo. A good defender with pop, Wells did not seem to be a priority for the Tigers as he frequently gave up playing time to Andy Dirks and Don Kelly among reserve outfielder time.

The prize of the deal may be Martinez though, a 20-year old third base prospect who was making a run at being a top 100 prospect in all of baseball this fall. In 348 at-bats for Double-A Erie, Martinez was hitting .282 with seven home runs and 14 doubles.

No word yet on the final player in the deal.


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