The Detroit Tigers have acquired starting pitcher Doug Fister and reliever David Pauley from the Seattle Mariners for lefty Charlie Furbush, outfielder Casper Wells, third-base prospect Francisco Martinez and a player to be named later. The Tigers announced the deal Saturday afternoon, just a few hours before they were scheduled to take on the Angels at Comerica Park. SI.com’s Jon Heyman first reported the trade.
It was no secret the Tigers were looking for pitching help at the deadline, and Fister was someone that was certainly on the list. The righty is 3-12 on the season with a 3.33 ERA for Seattle. On paper, the numbers do not look spectacular, but before the trade he was on one of the worst hitting teams in the American League.
“His record is misleading,” Tigers president Dave Dombrowski said, according to the Detroit Free Press. “He has the lowest run support in major-league baseball. …
“He gives us that solid six- or seven-inning guy who gives us a chance to win every time he takes the ball.”
Pauley is an interesting acquisition, as he was not someone the Tigers appeared to be openly pursuing, but the team did need some help in the back-end of the bullpen. Detroit’s new bullpen piece throws right and has a sub-1.00 WHIP and a 2.15 ERA on the season. After the team’s bullpen surrendered more than five runs against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, Pauley will be a welcome addition.
“David Pauley is having a very good year,” Dombrowski said.
The left-handed Furbush made an unexpected leap the majors this season and posted a 1-3 record with a 3.62 ERA in 17 games — he went 0-2 in two starts. Wells, 26, was considered one of Detroit’s better outfield prospects. He recently was sent down to AAA Toledo after playing 64 games and batting .257 with four home runs this year for the Tigers.
“Very emotional day for me as I take this big step in my life and career,” Wells (@UpstateBaller) tweeted following the trade becoming official. “I will miss the city of Detroit, the friends in the organization, my brothers on the team, and the Motown fans. … Detroit has helped to make me the person I am today and I will forever be grateful to the 313.”
Martinez, 20, was batting .282 with seven homers at AA Erie this season. BlessYouBoys.com ranked him as the Tigers’ 16th-best prospect in February, lauding his “five-tool talent.”