Detroit Tigers GM David Dombrowski had to have watched Chariots of Fire last night, as the head honcho is wheeling and dealing at the MLB Winter Meetings in San Diego.
After acquiring Yoenis Cespedes from the Boston Red Sox, Dombrowski puled the trigger on a deal with the Cincinnati Reds, acquiring pitcher Alfredo Simon for SS Eugenio Suarez and pitching prospect Jonathon Crawford. As reported by Anthony Fenech:
Simon, 33, got his first chance as a full-time starter in 2014, compiling a 3.44 ERA in 32 starts. He was just shy of 200 IP, totaling 196.1 innings, but garnered his first All Star selection for his performance.
This move was made in an effort to fill the void left by Rick Porcello‘s departure.
Jon Morosi of FOX Sports speculates Detroit’s 2015 rotation:
With Simon in the mix, Detroit now has an arsenal of options with their bullpen and starting rotation. The team could send either Kyle Lobstein, Shane Greene, or even Simon himself to the bullpen for long relief duties, since Detroit’s brass has opted to not seek bullpen help this offseason. Simon’s versatility is a great attribute and his presence alleviates some stress surrounding the Max Scherzer debacle. It’s not a though the team had to give much up to get the veteran right-hander, as Suarez was no longer advantageous in Detroit with the return of Jose Iglesias. As noted by Fenech, Simon is a free agent after this upcoming season. For what Detroit had to give up, Simon is a fine pickup who will contribute mightily in whatever role he is given.
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