The Detroit Tigers took the baseball world by surprise again and pulled another trade. This one sent RHP Doug Fister to the Nationals for INF Steve Lombardozzi and a pair of left-handed pitchers Ian Krol and Robbie Ray.
Steve Lombardozzi gives Brad Ausmus and the Tigers a solid switch hitting bat off the bench. He can also play multiple positions well and is the very definition of a utility player.
In 2013, Lombardozzi hit .273 in 126 games for the Washington Nationals.
Ian Krol gives the Tigers a major league left-handed bullpen arm. Krol posted a 3.95 ERA and struck out 22 in 27.1 innings of work as a left-handed specialist.
The real prize in the trade was left-handed starter Robbie Ray. Ray is a lefty that can touch 97 mph that seems to come into his own last season. Between A and AA ball, Ray went 11-5 with as 3.36 ERA. Ray also fanned 160 batters in 147 innings of work.
In short Robbie Ray is the prototypical big arm Dave Dombrowski loves to have in the farm system. And this arm has some serious major league potential.
In a nut shell, the Doug Fister trade filled a few needs for the Detroit Tigers. The acquired a solid utility player in Lombardozzi, a bullpen arm in Krol and restocked the cupboards in the farm system with Robbie Ray.
All-in-all a good day for trader Dave but he is not finished yet. Now with even more money freed up by the Fister trade, Dave Dombrowski may have some tricks up his sleeve when it comes to signing free agents.