The Tigers today traded Kyle Farnsworth to Atlanta for pitchers Roman Colon and Zach Miner. I honestly don’t know very much about either pitcher the Tigers acquired other than the stats I can find. I do know that that Tigers traded Scott Moore and Roberto Novoa for 100 games of Farnsworth and Colon and Miner.
Colon is 26, a righthander, and has pitched primarily in relief for the Braves this season. He has a 6.1 K/9 and a 2.1 K/BB ratio. Most troubling is that he has allowed 10 homers in 44 innigs.
Miner has started 17 games for AAA Richmond this year. In 89 innings he has 63 strikeouts (not bad) and 45 walks (not good) for a 4.23 ERA. He is only 23 years old.
If Farnsworth couldn’t be signed to an extension, and this is the best value that the Tigers could receive then I guess it’s an okay deal. I would have liked to see the Tigers keep Farnsworth – especially since the incoming talent isn’t overwhelming.
The Tigers had an impact type player in Farnsworth. What they received seem to be roster guys. While I don’t know much about either player, I know they weren’t among the Braves top prospects. I know the whole point of selling is to get guys to help the team win in the future. I don’t know that these guys will help accomplish that. Based on what I know so far, a pretty disappointing deal.
UPDATE: According to Tom Gage, it appears that Farnsworth had no intention of signing with Detroit – despite the 3 year contract that the Tigers offered. While I still would have liked to have received more in return for Farnsworth, I trust that DD did the best he could.
I guess the good news is that the closer audition period for Farnsworth will now go to his understudy Fernando Rodney.
For scouting reports on Colon and Miner, Baseball America has you covered. Also, Jeff has posted some links to Braves blogs to get their take in the comments.