Lots going on today.
First of all, in a move that reeks of DD desperation (and rightfully so), Scott Sizemore was traded yesterday to the athletics for LH reliever David Purcey. Considering Sizemore was once a top organizational prospect and is now gone after just over 200 ABs in the bigs demonstrates that there were some serious evaluation problems up and down the chain. David Purcey is in his 3rd year in the bigs and looks to have finally figured out how to pitch at this level. He was having a pretty decent ’10 campaign (1.21 WHIP, .210 BAA) until an injury ended his season after 34 IP. Detroit is his 3rd team already in 2011 as he was dealt to Oakland after being DFAd from Toronto early this season. Though he had pitched well for the A’s, they have a plethora of worthy relievers (and Bailey is coming off the DL soon) which made Purcey expendable. Apparently, the A’s have coveted Sizemore for some time.
I make the point about desperation because 1) DD is not under contract for 2012, 2) DD is admitting that the bullpen needs help as he has not been able to develop talent internally, nor has Benoit panned out thus far and 3) Sizemore is not the answer at 2B.
I also make the point about desperation because Ryan Raburn, who seems to have tree limbs for hands at times, will now be the regular 2nd baseman. Whether this move came from the top, or it is Ol’ Smokey’s own doing, a fellow 2012 contract-less Jim Leyland is also beginning to realize that time is of the essence. Lowe’s article in Today’s Freep contains a very scary chart which displays the offensive output for each of the four different 2B starters this season. Read it at your own risk.
In today’s exciting news, Andy Oliver makes his 2011 debut after an impressive 9 starts in Toledo. Covering 9 starts with the Hens, Oliver had a 3.31 ERA , 1.26 WHIP, and 8.53 K/9. The 2009 second rounder will fill in for Phil for at least two starts over the next week. It will be interesting to see what happens to the rotation if he pitches well.
In other roster news – Wilk & Perry down to make room for Purcey & Oliver.
Tonight’s reasonably composed lineup:
1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Andy Dirks, LF
3. Brennan Boesch, RF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, DH
6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
7. Alex Avila, C
8. Ryan Raburn, 2B
9. Brandon Inge, 3B