Tuesday, July 24, 2012

FIRESALE: OMAR INFANTE, ANIBAL SANCHEZ EDITION

IT'S OVER! DOOMSDAY! FIRESALE! OHMYGO—

Wait, what? Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez? Oh. Never mind.

In a trade that got fans all fake-outraged and stuff, the Marlins sent an infielder and a starting pitcher to the Tigers for some prospects I've never heard of until last night, whereupon the internet told me that at least one of them was really good. Also, that sentence has never ever been written before. Especially not in 2007, when the Marlins sent an infielder and a starting pitcher to the Tigers for some prospects I had never heard of until the internet told me that at least one of them was really good.

In all seriousness, this trade is one of those "meh" trades that you should probably just shrug your shoulders at. Anibal Sanchez is a nice pitcher and all, but what-the-fuck-ever. Omar Infante, meanwhile, is just a guy. I know some people's view of the second baseman might be skewed by the fact that he's been one of the least frustrating Marlins to watch over the last two years, but that says more about the team as a whole than it does about Infante. Really, anytime you're sad to see Omar Infante go, it's because your team sucks.

Heading the Marlins way is Jacob Turner, a top pitching prospect that should in no way remind you of Andrew Miller, except when you read this (from last year)…
Two years ago, the Tigers drafted Jacob Turner with the ninth-overall pick in the first round. The right-hander out of high school in St. Louis, Missouri, was rated as the top prep pitching prospect in the 2009 draft by most experts. He's developing rapidly and likely within a year of making his major league debut.
…and compare it to this (from 2006):
Miller has been widely regarded as the best combination of ability and polish in what was regarded as a pitcher-heavy draft. Both MLB.com and Baseball America rated the 21-year-old left-hander as the top prospect available, a lofty status that had basically remained unchanged since the college season began. He's a power lefty in both stature -- he's listed at 6-foot-6 and 210 pounds -- and stuff.
So, that should make you feel comfortable.

The Marlins also get catching prospect Rob Brantly, who's missing an E in his last name, and pitcher Brian Flynn, who sounds like the kinda guy who stays in Double-A is entire career.

There's not a single soul from that 2007 trade left on the Marlins roster (RIP Burke Badenhop), so maybe we can just tack this trade on as an extension of that trade and if everything works out, we can just say that we got Jacob Turner for Miguel Cabrera and pretend like the last six years never happened.

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