Seattle Mariners' Fister pitches to the New York Yankees in New York

Tigers to acquire Doug Fister, David Pauley from Mariners

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UPDATE: This deal is beginning to make more sense for the M’s now. Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN in Seattle reports that the player to be named later will be one of the Tigers’ first three picks from the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. The reason for the delay is that they can’t be traded until one year after signing a professional contract.

Of course, it’s very unlikely that third base prospect Nick Castellanos is in the deal, so either right-hander Chance Ruffin or left-hander Drew Smyly will head to Seattle.

11:33 AM: Knobler writes that the Tigers are also expected to send prospect third baseman Francisco Martinez to Seattle. Martinez, 20, is batting .282/.319/.405 with seven homers, 46 RBI, a .724 OPS and a 80/19 K/BB ratio over 372 plate appearances with Double-A Erie this season. He is expendable for Detroit due to the presence of 2010 draft pick Nick Castellanos, who is more highly regarded as a prospect.

11:15 AM: OK, here’s the latest information as we have it. Knobler is reporting that the Mariners will send Doug Fister and David Pauley to the Tigers for Charlie Furbush, Casper Wells and others. No idea who the other players are yet, but I’m pretty underwhelmed by the Mariners’ return so far.

11:06 AM: Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that reliever David Pauley will also go to Detroit in the trade. The 28-year-old right-hander has a 2.15 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 34/16 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings this season.

10:08 AM: Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that Charlie Furbush is among the players that will go to Seattle in the deal. That’s right, Furbush for Fister. Most juvenile trade ever? The Tigers are also trying to get a reliever from Seattle, though it will not be closer Brandon League.

10:01 AM: Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Tigers are “making progress” on a deal for Mariners’ right-hander Doug Fister.

Jon Paul Morosi reported yesterday that the two clubs were “engaged in active trade talks,” with the Tigers specifically focused on Fister and a reliever.

Crasnick writes that the Tigers are hoping to get something done by the end of the day. He’s not sure who would be going from Detroit’s end, though one wonders if the call-up of Jacob Turner means left-hander Duane Below could be part of the deal. Fister is under team control though 2015, so obviously they would have to give up more.

Fister is 3-12 with a 3.33 ERA and 89/32 K/BB ratio over 21 starts this season. The 27-year-old has a 3.00 ERA at home this season, compared to a 3.71 ERA on the road.

Rusney Castillo disappoints again by not running out a routine grounder

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 18:  Rusney Castillo #38 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after he was caught off third base for the third out of the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on August 18, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The Red Sox inked Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract back in August 2014. Over parts of three seasons, the 29-year-old has a .679 OPS across 337 plate appearances in the majors and spent the vast majority of the 2016 season at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Castillo had a chance to start things off on the right foot in 2017, but that ship has already sailed. On Thursday against Northeastern at JetBlue Park, Castillo didn’t run out a routine ground ball. He claims he lost track of the outs. Manager John Farrell isn’t happy about the situation. Via Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald:

“Disappointing for a couple of reasons,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “One, he has lost the number of outs. Still, regardless of another of outs, getting down the line is controllable. And for a player in his situation, every little aspect of the game is important. That’s something that was addressed in the moment. He needs to execute the game situation. And for that matter, every player. But that one obviously stood out.”

Everyone always makes far too big a deal about running out grounders. It’s a real nit to pick when it’s February 23 and your team just finished playing an exhibition game that is even more meaningless than the other exhibition games that will be played in the coming month.

That being said, Castillo has to prove himself to merit inclusion on the 25-man roster and that means dotting all his i’s and crossing all his t’s. Even if he went hitless all spring, Castillo could have at least said he couldn’t have done anything else better. But on day one, he already gave his team a reason to count him out.

Kyle Schwarber is the frontrunner to bat leadoff for the Cubs

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 07:  Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Chicago Cubs bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the MLB game at Chase Field on April 7, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Cubs manager Joe Maddon says C/OF Kyle Schwarber is the frontrunner to bat leadoff for the team this season, CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports.

Schwarber, 23, has hit out of the leadoff spot only eight times in his young career, but the move up the batting order mostly just means more opportunities for him to swing his potent bat. He hit .246/.355/.487 with 16 home runs and 43 RBI in 273 plate appearances in his rookie season in 2015.

Schwarber suffered serious injuries early in the 2016 season when he collided with teammate Dexter Fowler in the Arizona outfield. He tore the anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments, which everyone thought ended his 2016 season entirely. However, Schwarber returned for the start of the World Series against the Indians. In 20 plate appearances over five games, Schwarber contributed six singles, a double, and three walks.