The Seattle Mariners have traded right-handed starter Doug Fister and reliever David Pauley to the Detroit Tigers for three players and one still be named. The three known Tigers players involved in the deal are outfielder Casper Wells, infielder Francicso Martinez and left-handed pitcher Charlie Furbush.
The Mariners will receive 25-year-old Furbush (1-3), who spent two years in the minor leagues before being called up to the Tigers on May 11th. He has an ERA of 3.62, and he will be hoping to find success in the Mariners' rotation as his first season in MLB progresses.
Infielders Wells, who will turn 27 in November, is batting .257 this season. He has hit four home runs and 12 RBIs. Wells is currently in his second year in the major leagues after being called up by the Tigers on May 14th, 2010.
Martinez, 20, has been playing in the minor leagues. He batted .287 with seven home runs and 46 RBIs in 91 games with Double-A Erie. He will likely be assigned to Double-A Jackson following this trade.
The 27-year-old Fister (3-12) has not received a lot of run support from his Mariner teammates this season. Over the course of his current nine-game losing streak, the Mariners have scored a total of five runs. Fister, in fact, has the lowest run support (1.97 runs over nine innings) amongst all 110 qualifying major league starters this season. The Tigers should produce more runs than the Mariners have been lately, which can only help Fister this season.
Pauley (5-4) is tied among all AL League relievers for wins. The 28-year-old has an ERA of 2.15.
The interesting aspect of this trade is that the Mariners are set to receive one more player as part of this trade. The still-to-be-named player could become a central part of this deal as the Mariners attempt to land one more talented player to conclude their four-person haul.