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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

July 30, 2011 at 7:24 AM

Fister, Pauley dealt to Tigers

It looks like the deal will be announced officially later this morning, but by all accounts it’s done: outfielder Casper Wells, left-handed pitcher Charlie Furbush, third-base prosect Francisco Martinez and a player to be named (which I hear could be a significant piece of this deal) going to Seattle from Detroit for Doug Fister and David Pauley.

It’s tough to give up a guy like Fister, and Pauley is a valuable piece, but I’d say on first glance, the Mariners got a decent haul. Martinez is the Tigers’ No. 4-rated prospect by Baseball America. In 91 games at Double-A this year, he’s hitting .282 with a .319 on-base and .405 slugging. He has seven homers and 46 RBIs. Martinez, who is just 20, has 18 errors. In their scouting report, Baseball America wrote: “He has all the raw tools of a prototypical third baseman, with the added bonus of above-average speed. With a quick bat and a flat swing path, he produces a lot of hard groundballs and line drives.While he hit just three homers in 2010, he should have solid over-the-fence power as he continues to physically mature and learns to deal with more experienced pitchers.”

Update 8:15 p.m. It appears the deal is close to being done, with Fister and David Pauley going to Detroit for LHP Charlie Furbush, outfielder Casper Wells, and more. Hat tip to Jerry Crasnick for first word of the trade, and Danny Knobler and Jon Heyman for advancing it.

Wells is a right-handed hitter with some power. A former 14th-round draft pick in 2005, he hit 27 homers in the minors in 2008 and 21 in 2010. Here are his minor-league stats and his major-league stats.

Wells made a splash with the Tigers last year, hitting .323/.364/.538 in 93 at-bats. This year, he’s at .257 with a .323 on-base percentage and .451 slugging percentage in 64 games. The only players on the Mariners with a higher slugging percentage are Dustin Ackley (.508) and … wait for it.. Doug Fister (.500). Of course, Fister has only batted six times. Mike Carp has an identical .451 slugging percentage.

There’s increasing word today that the Mariners are working toward a deal sending Doug Fister to the TIgers.

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN first tweeted the development. He added that there’s hopes of getting something done today. Danny Knobler of CBS Sportsline added that left-handed pitcher Charlie Furbush is expected to go to Seattle in the deal, along with others. He added that the Tigers may be trying to expand the deal to include Brandon League.

I can’t imagine the Mariners trading Fister and not getting a hitter in return as the centerpiece. Furbush is a former fourth-round draft pick in 2007.

Jack Zduriencik and Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski hooked up on a deal on July 31, 2009 — two years ago tomorrow — that sent Luke French and Mauricio Robles to Seattle. Both pitchers are currently in Tacoma, while Washburn retired after going 1-3 with a 7.33 ERA in eight starts for the TIgers.

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