The Detroit Tigers have traded second baseman Scott Sizemore to the Oakland A’s for former Toronto Blue Jays left handed reliever David Purcey.
I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that maybe Sizemore is an upgrade over what the Athletics gave up in Danny Farquhar to acquire Purcey in the first place. Which also makes me wonder where the Tigers were when Purcey became available last month, and they probably could’ve landed him for something signed by Sizemore.
In the end though, both teams make out well. The Tigers have the worst bullpen ERA in the league and no left hander to speak of now that Phil Coke is being used in the rotation. The Athletics, meanwhile, could use something in the way of depth at the middle infield positions considering that Mark Ellis is getting on base less than 24% of the time this season.
Purcey has pitched well for Oakland, but he’s been used sparingly over the last little while. Sizemore on the other hand, looked as though he was finally going to be given a chance to be Detroit’s every day second baseman. I guess the Tigers are more confident in Will Rhymes than they really should be. Unless this means that Ryan Raburn is going to get more time at second.
Or maybe they’re just planning on trading Miguel Cabrera for Aaron Hill.