In terms of previous deal, there have been plenty of examples of teams moving sizeable salaries on short contracts in trades.
Bastardo had logged a 5.07 FIP in 43.2 innings for New York, while Niese’s FIP wasn’t that encouraging either. In 110 innings for Pittsburgh, the starter posted a 5.37 FIP.
Benoit for Storen
However, perhaps the most prominent example of previous deal involved the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays. Seattle dealt former Tigers reliever Joaquin Benoit to Toronto for ex-Nationals closer Drew Storen.
In a swap of struggling relievers on contending teams, both Benoit and Storen rebounded nicely after changing uniforms and cities.
The generally dependable Benoit saw his ERA balloon to 5.18 in the Pacific Northwest before allowing just one run in 23.2 innings for Toronto down the stretch.
Storen came with a similarly strong track record before last season. However, like Benoit he struggled. The reliever posted a 6.21 ERA and a 5.01 FIP in 33.1 innings pitching in a Toronto uniform.
Once he was dealt to Seattle, Storen rebounded with a 3.44 ERA and a 2.77 FIP in 18.1 innings as a Mariner.
Detroit could move Pelfrey or Lowe in a similar type of deal for a starter or reliever on an expiring contract.