Sep 7, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; aDetroit Tigers starting pitcher Randy Wolf (52) pitches in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
This one is pretty much a no-brainer. The Detroit Tigers traded cash to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for aging veteran Randy Wolf, who was trapped in the minor leagues.
Wolf came to the Tigers and gave them a couple of quality starts right off the bat, which was surprising. After all, if the pitching-starved Blue Jays (until bringing in David Price from Detroit) couldn’t use him on the big league level, why was he having success with the Tigers?
Of course the bottom fell out quickly and he’s ranged from bad to not terrible in his last couple outings.
What I find interesting is the way Tigers’ fans have reacted to the 39-year-old’s presence on this team, bashing Al Avila for it being his first (and only) notable transaction since ascending to the GM role after his mentor was sent packing last month.
Most of these folks, of course, are the ones who think that firing Dombrowski was a mistake. I am one of those, however I am willing to give Avila the benefit of the doubt. When starters Anibal Sanchez and Daniel Norris went out with injuries less than 12 hours apart, what else are you going to do? They could rely on Buck Farmer or Kyle Ryan to fill those roles, but we’ve seen their inability to handle major league hitters at this stage of their young careers.
Wolf wasn’t perfect, but he served his role. A role that was just intended for a couple of weeks.
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