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

Tigers to acquire Doug Fister, David Pauley from Mariners


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 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 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 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.

Report: Yasiel Puig started a fight at a Miami nightclub

Yasiel Puig

When last we posted about Yasiel Puig it was to pass along a rumor that the best player on his team wants him off of it. If that was true — and if this report is true — then expect that sentiment to remain unchanged:

Obviously this report is vague and there has not been, say, a police report or other details to fill it in. Perhaps we’ll learn more, perhaps Puig was misbehaving perhaps he wasn’t.

As we wait for details, however, it’s probably worth reminding ourselves that Puig is coming off of a lost season in which he couldn’t stay healthy, so trading him for any sort of decent return at the moment isn’t super likely. Which leads us to some often overlooked but undeniable baseball wisdom: you can be a distraction if you’re effective and you can be ineffective if you’re a good guy. You really can’t be an ineffective distraction, however, and expect to hang around very long.

Are the Padres adding some yellow to their color scheme for 2016?

Tony Gwynn

We’ve written several times about how boring the Padres’ uniforms and color scheme is. And how that’s an even greater shame given how colorful they used to be. No, not all of their mustard and brown ensembles were great looking, but some were and at some point it’s better to miss boldly than to endure blandness.

Now comes a hint that the Padres may step a toe back into the world of bright colors. At least a little bit. A picture of a new Padres cap is making the rounds in which a new “sunshine yellow” color has been added to the blue and white:

This story from the Union-Tribune notes that the yellow also appears on the recently-unveiled 2016 All-Star Game logo, suggesting that the yellow in the cap could either be part of some  special All-Star-related gear or a new color to the normal Padres livery.

I still strongly advocate for the Padres to bring back the brown — and there are a multitude of design ideas which could do that in tasteful fashion — but for now any addition of some color would be a good thing.

Brett Lawrie “likely to be traded” by the A’s

Brett Lawrie

Oakland’s re-acquisition of infielder Jed Lowrie from Houston makes it “likely” that the A’s will now trade infielder Brett Lawrie, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Slusser says Lowrie’s arrival “all but ensures” both Lawrie and Danny Valencia are on the trading block, adding that Lawrie “is considered the better bet to be traded.”

Acquired last offseason from the Blue Jays in the Josh Donaldson trade, Lawrie hit .260 with 16 homers and a .706 OPS in 149 games while playing second base and third base. At age 25 he’s a solid player, but Lawrie has failed to live up to his perceived potential while hitting .263 with a .736 OPS in 494 career games.

At this point it sounds like the A’s plan to start Marcus Semien at shortstop and Lowrie at second base.

Gammons: The Red Sox could go $30-40 million higher on David Price than anyone else


Peter Gammons reports that the Red Sox are on a mission to sign David Price and that they will pay some serious money to get him. Gammons quotes one anonymous GM who says that he expects the Sox to “go $30-40 million above anyone else.”

The man calling the shots for the Sox is Dave Dombrowski and he knows Price well, of course, having traded for him in Detroit. But there is going to be serious competition for Price’s services with the Jays and Cubs, among many others, bidding for his services. It would be unusual for a team to outbid the competition by tens of millions as Gammons’ source suggests, but the dollars will be considerable regardless.