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The Detroit Tigers Roster Tree Part 2: How All Of The Pitchers Were Acquired

has been the best pitcher in the American League over the last 5 years. Verlander is 137 - 77 (.640) with a 3.41 ERA in the 1st 9 years of his career. The 2011 AL Cy Young Winner and 2012 Cy Young runner up is signed with the club until at least 2019, and it could be 2020 with a Vesting Option. Verlander has thrown over 200+ IP each year since 2007.he Detroit Tigers are certainly lucky the San Diego Padres took Matt Bush with the 1st overall pick - as JVerlander has been the best pitcher in the American League over the last 5 years. Verlander is 137 - 77 (.640) with a 3.41 ERA in the 1st 9 years of his career. The 2011 AL Cy Young Winner and 2012 Cy Young runner up is signed with the club until at least 2019, and it could be 2020 with a Vesting Option. Verlander has thrown over 200+ IP each year since 2007.  The 30 Year old has added a 7 - 5 record in 15 Career Post Season Games and a 3.28 ERA - among 0 - 3 with a 7.20 in 3 World Series Starts

Justin Verlander has been the best pitcher in the American League over the last 5 years. He is 137 – 77 (.640) with a 3.41 ERA in the 1st 9 years of his career. The 2011 AL Cy Young Winner and 2012 Cy Young runner up is signed with the club until at least 2019, and it could be 2020 with a Vesting Option. Verlander has thrown over 200+ IP each year since 2007. The Detroit Tigers are certainly lucky the San Diego Padres took Matt Bush with the 1st overall pick – .  The 30 Year old has added a 7 – 5 record in 15 Career Post Season Games and a 3.28 ERA – among 0 – 3 with a 7.20 in 3 World Series Starts.

How All Of The Tigers Pitchers Were Acquired:

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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At the MLB Reports, we intend to show you the Roster Tree for the Detroit Tigers  – and how they assembled their current roster for hitting and Pitching.  It will work in a six degrees of separation like format.

Once we figure out the origin of how many trades going back in time it takes to see where the tree started, it will be time to dissect how the team fared on the deals.

If a player has never left the organization at all, the tree will be easy – as it will just be the year they were drafted or signed.

For a couple of the Pitchers, they will be in the Hitters side of this Roster Tree – as they were traded with a hitter to become a member of the Tigers. 

For the 1st part of the Roster Tree for the Tigers: The Hitters – click here

For all of the Rosters, Depth Charts, State of the Unions and Salaries Posts that we do, please visit our dedicated page link here.

Justin Verlander 2012 ALDS Game #5

Doug Fister was acquired in a trade for Casper Wells, Charlie Furbursh and Chance Ruffin. The Tigers have received a .615 Win Percentage over his course of time in Detroit, while Seattle has seen some haphazard Bullpen work in return. Fister remains potentially the best #4 Starter in baseball. Included in his totals, was a 8 - 1 record down the stretch run in 2011, with a 1.79 ERA after joining the Motown boys. Doug Fister was acquired in a trade for Casper Wells, Charlie Furbursh and Chance Ruffin. The Tigers have received a .615 Win Percentage over his course of time in Detroit, while Seattle has seen some haphazard Bullpen work in return. Fister remains potentially the best #4 Starter in baseball. Included in his totals, was a 8 - 1 record down the stretch run in 2011, with a 1.79 ERA after joining the Motown boys.

Doug Fister was acquired in a trade for Casper Wells, Charlie Furbursh and Chance Ruffin. The Tigers have received a .615 Win Percentage over his course of time in Detroit, while Seattle has seen some haphazard Bullpen work in return. Fister remains potentially the best #4 Starter in baseball. Included in his totals, was a 8 – 1 record down the stretch run in 2011, with a 1.79 ERA after joining the Motown boys.

Doug Fister (29) SP: (July 30, 2011: Traded by the Seattle Mariners with David Pauley to the Detroit Tigers for a player to be named later, Francisco Martinez (minors), Charlie Furbush and Casper Wells. The Detroit Tigers sent Chance Ruffin (August 17, 2011) to the Seattle Mariners to complete the trade.

FIster is 32 – 20 (.615) with a 3.29 ERA in 70 Games (440.2 IP) for the Tigers.  He is under Team Control until 2016.  Fister is one of the best #4 Starters in the game of baseball.

The 29 Year Old has lugged over 200 Innings in 2 of the last 3 years.

David Pauley (30) SP/RP: March 12, 2012: Released by the Detroit Tigers.

Pauley was a bust for Detroit, having an ERA of 5.95 in 19.2 IP

Charlie Furbush (27) RP:  Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 4th round of the 2007 amateur draft.

Furbush has turned into a serviceable Relief Pitcher for the Mariners, appearing in 130 Games, putting forth a 4.38 ERA (in 164.1 IP).  His ERA came up to 3.74 – after posting a best 2.72 mark in 2012.  This guy saved this trade from being a complete train wreck.

Casper Wells (28) OF:  Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 14th round of the 2005 amateur draft.

Slashed .225/.304/.710 – with 17 HRs and 51 RBI in 387 AB for the M’s over his time.  Not exactly earth shattering – but then he never received solid playing time.

The Toronto Blue Jays plucked him off waivers in April – which caused a chain reaction of teams purchasing him to deal with injurie ( Oakland and Chicago), before he was claimed yet again with Philadelphia.

He has since been released after toiling with 5 different teams this year.  I guess a .126/.186/.384 line will do that to you in 95 AB for 2013.

Francisco Martinez (22) Was signed as an International Free Agent in July of 2007.  The Tigers re-acquired him from Seattle this June for a player to be named later or cash.

Chance Ruffin (24) RP:  Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 1st round (48th pick) of the 2010 amateur draft.

Ruffin ended the year with Seattle in 2013, but it had a 8.38 ERA for his time served.  He has a 5.70 ERA in 23.2 IP for the M’s currently.

I think this deal will continue to look great for the Tigers.

Rick Porcello (24) SP:   Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 1st round (27th pick) of the 2007 amateur draft.

It has been a mixed bag for Porcello in the Majors.  He holds a decent career record of 61 – 50 up (.550), but a high ERA accompanies it (4.51).

Porcello has not been under a 4.00 ERA since his 3.96 during his Rookie Year (finished 3rd in AL Rookie Voting).

He is still a great option as a #5 Starter.  The team should contemplate trading him for another Lefty though, as they do not have one in their Rotation presently.

Drew Smyly might fit the bill if they move Porcello, however he has spent the last year and a half in the BULLPEN.

Decent late RD 1st pick though.

Jose Alvarez (24) RP:  November 8, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.

Alvarez struggled as a Starter and as a Reliever in 2013, with a 5.82 ERA in his 38.2 IP worth of work.  He did manage to throw 3 scoreless Innings in the ALDS versus the Oakland Athletics, only yielding a Walk.

This could be a great move for Detroit moving forward as he is only 24, cheap and under Team Control until 2019.

Octavio Dotel (39) RP:  December 9, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.(2 YRs/$6.5 MIL).

Dotel was hurt for the majority of the 2013 season, however his contributions in 2012 made up for it.  He had a 3.57 ERA in 57 IP for that year, and threw 5 Innings of Scoreless baseball in the Post Season.

His inflamed elbow kept him sidelined, however he was vital to the 2012 Bullpen.  Good Signing.

Drew Smyly (24) RP/SP:  Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 2nd round of the 2010 amateur draft.

This man may never go back to the Starting Rotation, as he was 6 – 0, with a 2.37 ERA in 76 IP for the club in 2013.  His WHIP was an impressive 1.039 (down from 1.268 last year when he started before moving to the Relief Core).

The franchise should use him primarily as a setup man (although they do need a LHP Starter as a #5 guy this winter).

Great pick in 2010 Tigers!

Joaquin Benoit (35) RP:  November 19, 2010: Signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers. (3 YRs/$16.5 MIL).

Despite the Game #2 Grandslam given up to David Ortiz in Game #2 of the ALCS, the club should bring the guy back to be a setup man.

Benoit is 13 – 7, with an ERA of 2.89 (28 Saves) in his 199 IP for his Tigers Career.  This justifies the dough given to him as a Free Agency prior to 2011.

Crazily enough, he has become worse in the playoffs each year (2011 – 1.17 ERA, 2012 – 3.38 ERA and 2013 – 6.35 and a crucial Blown Save).  Has a 2.82 Career Post Season ERA.

Al Alburquerque (27) RP:  November 19, 2010: Signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.

Big AL did not have a very good 2013 year (4.59 ERA in 49 IP), however he is 10 – 4, with a 2.98 ERA in 105.2 IP for his career.  He also gave up 5 HRs in his time this year in the regular season, where he hadn’t allowed a HR in 56 IP of the regular season prior to this year.

Luke Putkonen (27) RP:  Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 3rd round of the 2007 amateur draft.

Putkonen had a 3.03 ERA in 29.2 IP, but saw no playoff action.

Bruce Rondon (22) RP:  Signed by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 2007.

Rondon ended out his year Sept.24, pitching very well for Detroit in the 2nd half.  (A 1.56 ERA in his last 17.1 IP).  He will see time in the Bullpen for Detroit in 2014.

Darin Downs (28) RP:   November 14, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.

Downs had a 4.84 ERA in his 35.1 IP of work in 2013, and did not see any Post Season work.

Evan Reed (27) RP:  April 3, 2013: Selected off waivers by the Detroit Tigers from the Miami Marlins.

Reed had a 4.24 ERA for the team in his 23.1 IP pitch.  He also surrendered ER in 3 of his 4 Sept outings, which may not be very good long term.

Jeremy Bonderman 30) RP:  July 14, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.

It was a nice story for Bonderman to return to the franchise, however I don’t think a 6.48 ERA in 16.2 IP will cut it.

Jose Veras (30) RP:  July 29, 2013: Traded by the Houston Astros to the Detroit Tigers for a player to be named later and Danry Vasquez (minors). The Detroit Tigers sent David Paulino (minors) (September 13, 2013) to the Houston Astros to complete the trade.

Veras was 0 – 1, with a 3.20 ERA in 19.2 IP.  He may be forever remembered for the Relief Pitcher that served up the Grand Slam in Game #6  of the 2013 ALCS to Shane Victorino.

Veras has a Team Option for $3.25 MIL in 2014, which the team should exercise.  They can always use him as a setup guy, or emergency Closer.

The players the Astros got, have still yet to make the Major Leagues.

Danry Vazquez (19) OF:  Singed as an Amateur Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers in 2010.

David Paulino (19) SP: Singed as an Amateur Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers in 2010.

Justin Verlander (30) SP:  Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 1st round (2nd pick) of the 2004 amateur draft.

Verlander has been the quintessential ace in the American League for sometime now.  It almost looked bleak after his 2008 campaign, where he was 11 – 17, with a 4.84 ERA.  (His Worst year of his career.

The man originally from Manakin Sabot, VA had just come off of a 18 – 6 Record (.750 Win Pctg led the AL in 2007), and a 3.66 ERA.

Since 2008, he is 91 – 43, with a sub 3 ERA.

He will be a terror in the MLB for the foreseeable future.

For the 1st part of the Roster Tree for the Tigers: The Hitters – click here

***Transaction dates and lists of trades all courtesy of BaseballReference.com***

Justin  Verlander is a former Rookie Of the Year Winner, he won the AL MVP and Cy  Young in 2011, with his 24 - 5  record - and a 2.40 ERA as part of the Pitching Triple Crown that year.  He has 4 other top 7 AL Cy  Young Voting Years, has led the AL in IP (2009, 2011 and 2012), while he led the AL in Wins 2009 and 2011.  Verlander also possesses 5 straight years of 200+ SO's (Led AL in 2009, 2011 and 2012), while he also led the League in Games Starts in 2009, 2011 and 2013.

Justin Verlander is a former Rookie Of the Year Winner, he won the AL MVP and Cy Young in 2011, with his 24 – 5 record – and a 2.40 ERA as part of the Pitching Triple Crown that year. He has 4 other top 7 AL Cy Young Voting Years, has led the AL in IP (2009, 2011 and 2012), while he led the AL in Wins 2009 and 2011. Verlander also possesses 5 straight years of 200+ SO’s (Led AL in 2009, 2011 and 2012), while he also led the League in Games Starts in 2009, 2011 and 2013.

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