Marlins trade Infante, Sanchez to Tigers

MIAMI — The Marlins have traded Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez to the Tigers for three prospects, including right-hander Jacob Turner.

The teams also have swapped competitive balance picks in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

Shortly before facing the Braves on Monday night, the Marlins agreed to a deal that sends right-hander Anibal Sanchez and second baseman Omar Infante to the Tigers for a package of prospects, including right-hander Jacob Turner.

The Marlins also will receive catcher Rob Brantly, left-hander Brian Flynn, and a compensation pick between the first and second rounds in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

Before the game, Infante told MLB.com that he felt he would be traded by the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

“I know it’s a business,” the 30-year-old second baseman said. “We have lost a lot of games, and the team may think maybe we have to change something.

“Maybe, for me, they think they can get another player, another prospect. They may think they have to do something. I’m ready. I’ve been ready. I know this is a business. We’ll see what happens.”

Last September, Infante signed a two-year, $8 million extension, and he set to make $4 million in 2013.

The Marlins are willing to listen on any of their players, except for Giancarlo Stanton.

Monday’s trade will save the team roughly $8 million for the rest of the season.

Joe Frisaro

5 Comments

Season’s over. We’re sending the everyday player with the highest batting average, and the starting pitcher with the second lowest ERA, to the Tigers…for nobody.

This is a salary dump, pure and simple.

As a huge Marlins fan I must say… I am about fed up with the antics of the front office! They make it almost impossible to be a fan. Maybe Ill just go back to being a Braves fan, atleast that way I dont have to worry about all this circus act bs.

I’m actually liking this trade as a Marlins fan…we can move Boni to second and have Ruggiano play everyday in the outfield when Stanton comes back. Jacob Turner is solid and young; he’ll fill in well. Line up: Reyes, Boni, Hanley, Stanton, Lee, Morrison, Ruggiano, Buck, Pitcher.

Turner is the real deal! I wouldn’t be surprized if he turns out to be another John Smoltz. Infante is solid at 2nd base, i hope Sanehez is the pitcher Detroit is looking for… Infante will certainly improve the Detroit infield!

As ugly as this trade looks to the naked eye, this could be a win for the fish. Already stud pitchers in the minors, knocking on the door later in the season to show off their skills, and now we add yet another stud to this organization. With Giancarlo locked up, and next year a healthy Josh Johnson and Mark Beurhle, this Marlins team is primed to explode in the next couple of years. With Steve Cishek ready to command a bigger role out of the bullpen, and JC oviedo returning soon enough, the bullpen and starting pitching will be as solid as can be. But the key to all of this is, Hanley Ramirez. With Reyes and Bonifacio getting on base as much as they are, Hanley needs to produce. If he doesn’t produce big, soon, he may be the next man out. Best possible scenerio is Hanley producing in the lineup. Everyone knows the Giancarlo Stanton is a stud, and will be for the next decade. It’s time for the All-Star, Hanley Ramirez to show. This marlins team is primed to compete with the Braves and Nationals for the NL East for years to come.

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