The Tigers acquired Houston Astros closer, Jose Veras, for outfield prospect Danry Vasquez and a player to be named later.
I don’t really know much about either player. The only thing I remember about Veras was the two-run homer he gave up to Alex Avila back in May.
Here‘s a little bit about Vasquez from the MLB article:
Vasquez, a big-money signing as a teenager out of Venezuela a few years ago, ranked fourth on MLB.com’s midseason list of Top 20 Tigers prospects released last week, just behind the top trio of Nick Castellanos, Bruce Rondon and Avisail Garcia. The Tigers had no interest in giving up any of their top three, the latter two of whom have filled needs in Detroit at different points this season. Vasquez, though thriving at low Class A West Michigan this season at the tender age of 19, is still a few years away.
Vasquez hit .281 with 16 doubles, five triples, five home runs and 39 RBIs with the Whitecaps as their everyday left fielder and primary leadoff man.
I guess I’m not sure how I feel about this trade. On one hand I think that after being terrible through June, the bullpen has looked pretty good the last month, and even though Vasquez may be a few years away from the big leagues, the Tigers could use some solid corner outfielders, no offense to Tui.
On the other hand, if Veras helps end the 29 year World Series Championship drought, it is worth it.
Just for full disclosure, my track record on trades has not been very good. For some reason, I just don’t like trades, even in my fantasy baseball leagues. I was against the Granderson trade, mostly because he is my favorite, active, player. And I hate to admit it, but I was against the Cabrera trade. I thought both Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin were going to be superstars and I was worried about a National League slugger switching to the American League. So, that shows how much I know.
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