The Tigers traded for Sean Casey from the Pittsburgh Pirates. They sent the Pirates minor league pitcher Brian Rogers. To make room for Casey, Chris Shelton was optioned to Toledo.
Rogers had 62 K’s and only 14 walks in 60 innings as a 24 year old for Erie. I’m not sure of Rogers ceiling, but his performance this year was definitely solid.
Casey brings in a 371 career OBP, and he’s at .377 this year. He doesn’t bring much power to the position with only a .408 slugging percentage. Defensively he’s below average at -4 fielding runs above average. But he does provide a left handed bat, and in an interview today on WXYT he sounded absolutely giddy. Casey is in the last year of his current contract and is making $8.5 million.
Chris Shelton of course has been struggling. His offensive numbers for the season are still better than Casey’s and he has 7 fielding runs above average.
So the Tigers made a move, and didn’t give up a ton, but I don’t think they appreciably improved themselves either. The infield defense which has been a huge strength of the team, and one of the chief reasons for the pitching staff’s success could be taking a hit with this move.
As for Shelton, I do think that some time at AAA with hitting coach Leon Durham will be beneficial. I’m just curious as to what happens if Shelton gets his swing back at Toledo and starts ripping the ball. Does he languish at Toledo or do the Tigers create another three headed first base/DH monster?