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.

Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson to table extension talks

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Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.

Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.

The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.

If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.