The reported trade between the Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners is official, just a few short hours after word of the transaction leaked. The Tigers will receive Doug Fister and David Pauley from the Mariners, sending multiple prospects to Seattle in return. Fister has been seen as a valuable trade chip leading up to Sunday's trade deadline, and the Tigers had been rumored to be interest all along
According to Jon Morosi, the deal is finally done. The Mariners will reportedly get Casper Wells, Francisco Martinez and Charlie Furbush in return for Fister and Pauley. Wells is an outfielder, Martinez is a young infielder and Furbush is a pitching prospect.
Ignoring Fister's record -- thanks, Mariners' run support -- paints a picture of a valuable trade piece, at least in a way. Fister doesn't become arbitration eligible until 2013, and is under team control until 2016. He's cheap, he's young and his peripheral stats paint a better picture of his abilities than his record.
With that, the Mariners have made their first move of the trade deadline. It may not be over, however, and rumors are still swirling about Erik Bedard. His showcase start on Friday night was less than desirable, but he did show he was healthy again, albeit with some rust.
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