Winter Meetings: Day 2
Well for your money’s worth, it doesn’t get much bigger than the trade that went down on Tuesday between the Detroit Tigers and Florida Marlins. When you think of the term "blockbuster" this deal surely qualifies.
Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis head to Detroit in exchange for top prospects, namely starter Andrew Miller and outfielder Cameron Maybin. Florida will also recieve catcher Mike Rabelo and pitchers Eulogio De la Cruz, Dallas Trahern and Burke Badenhop (according to ESPN’s Peter Gammons).
Detroit has paid a big price in prospects this off-season, having already sent two more of their top prospects (Jair Jurrjens and Gorkys Hernandez) to Atlanta in exchange for Edgar Renteria on the day after the World Series.
There is no question that these deals have given Detroit a serious head of steam in the American League Central race. Cleveland will have their hands full as Jim Leyland’s club brings a powerful line-up and a strong rotation to the battlefield next summer.
Atlanta was busy on Tuesday, beginning with a mid-morning swap of players with the Chicago Cubs. Frank Wren sent righty Jose Ascanio to the Cubs in exchange for infielder/outfielder Omar Infante and lefty Will Ohman. The move satisfies the Braves hunt for both a back-up shorstop and another left-hander for the bullpen, but by no means does it mean that Wren is finished with his shopping here in Nashville.
Ohman, 30, had all kinds of trouble pitching in Wrigley Field (where he posted an ERA of 8.66 in 27 games) but was quite the opposite on the road (1.45 ERA in 29 games). Due to the fact that the Cubs play half of their games at Wrigley, Ohman would definitely benefit from a change of scenery.
Chicago had just acquired Infante in exchange for Jacque Jones in mid-November. Infante, 25, is under control of Atlanta for three more seasons and should provide both versatility and some power off the bench.
Wren seems to have more on his agenda for the meetings. The Braves will be working to sign or trade for a back-up catcher. Damian Miller was rumored earlier in the day but, as always, Wren was tight-lipped about the possibilities that the Braves are persuing.