ESPN is reporting that the Marlins have traded Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to the Detroit Tigers for 3 minor league prospects. One of those prospects is Jacob Turner, The top rated prospect in the Tigers system according to Keith Law. Turner is a power pitcher who projects no worse the a number 3 or 4 starter but as recently as last year had top of the rotation stuff. The Marlins also picked up catcher Rob Brantly and left handed pitcher Brian Flynn. Law projects Flynn to be a reliever and Brantly still has some work to do with a plus arm but below average receiving ability.
Here is my take: I love the trade. Anibal was heading into free agency and was going to cost to much for someone with tantalizing talent but a history of injury and a lack of consistency. Wade LeBlanc has pitched fantastically this year and really has deserved to get a spot in the rotation, I don't think the rotation will miss a beat with LeBlanc getting the start. I like Omar Infante but we already have an Omar clone in Donvan Solano. By giving up these guys we got a top 30 prospect in Turner. basically we got Anibal with more upside and much cheaper for next year. I like the fact that Loria and Samson have faced the music that the Marlins have just not been able to play up to their potential this year. I think it is better to try and reload for next year.
What do you guys think?