As the hours count down to Sunday’s 4pm non-waiver trade deadline, the rumors are swirling fast and furious. Jon Paul Morosi is tweeting that the Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners are “active” in trade talks. Morosi says the Tigers are coveting RHP Doug Fister and a reliever from Seattle and the Mariners are known to have been in Grand Rapid this week to scout the Tigers’ Low-A affiliate. Notable prospects with West Michigan include 3B Nick Castellanos and P Bruce Rondon.
Morosi’s inclusion of Fister’s name is interesting because of the three Mariners starters said to be available, the asking price was reportedly the highest on him. Word has been that the Tigers were turned off by said price and would instead by looking at LHP Jason Vargas or even Erik Bedard. Given the Tigers lack a stable left handed starter, and have since Kenny Rogers retired, I’d assume that Vargas would be the target. Looks like maybe I was wrong.
I am very glad top hear that because to me, that would be a drastic overpay to land Fister. I’m not suggesting Turner should be untouchable, but if he does get dealt, the only place I think it should be is Colorado. And Ubaldo Jimenez had better be coming the other way.
Fister is a good pitcher and is controlled for three more years, but in my mind, his price should be more like Andy Oliver plus a minor league bat (Casper Wells, maybe?). I could even see a package of younger pieces including maybe Francisco Martinez.