Sheffield Traded to Tigers (Rotoworld, 11/10/06)

As part of the deal, Sheffield has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Tigers that will take him through the 2009 season, which should at least guarantee Detroit that he’ll be complaint-free (or as close to that as Sheffield can get) until mid-2008 or so. Sheffield has been one of the best and most underrated all-around offensive monsters in baseball for the past decade, but locking him up to an expensive long-term deal through his age-40 season is also a big risk.

What Detroit may regret even more is giving up three solid young pitchers in Humberto Sanchez, Kevin Whelan, and Anthony Claggett. Sanchez in particular has a chance to be a top-of-the-rotation starter or dominant late-inning reliever, although he’ll have to get past nagging elbow problems and improve his control to join fellow prospect Phil Hughes in the Yankees’ starting rotation anytime soon.

A massive, hard-throwing 23-year-old right-hander, Sanchez went 10-6 with a 2.63 ERA and 129-to-47 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 123 innings between Double-A and Triple-A in 2006, holding opponents to a .220 batting average. He’ll likely begin 2007 at Triple-A, but could emerge as a second-half call-up (if the Yankees don’t already have plans to swap him in another trade).

Not only does Sanchez immediately become the Yankees best pitching prospect but they could have had the younger Bobby Abreu for him this Summer and quite possibly won the World Series.


11 Responses to DUMBROWSKI:

  1. AWW says:

    This deal seems extremely lopsided in the Yanks favor. How do they do it?

  2. Pepys says:

    Is he trying to destroy the Tigers? Talk about short-sighted. That’d be a terrible trade even if Sheff wasn’t the polar opposite of Paul O’Neill.

    As to the Yanks, that’s win/win, addition through subtraction with Sheff, beef up their rotation and terrify everyone else in their league.

  3. Jim in Chicago says:

    2nd best Yankee pitching prospect behind Hughes.

    But a massive coup nonetheless.

    Baseball America, I believe, had just come out with their top 10 Yankee prospect list yesterday, with Hughes 1st and Tabata 2nd. They’ve just slotted Sanchez in at 3rd behind those 2 heavyweights.

    Good chance that by the all-star break both Hughes and Sanchez will be in the rotation.

    I guess the Tigers felt they had pitching to spare, and that they were only one good hitter away from winning it all this season . . .

    Of course next year they’ll have not only the Sox and Twins to deal with, but also a resurgent Tribe who were very unlucky this season, and might just be the favorite next year.

  4. HT says:

    The irony of your love of baseball is that the exorbitant salaries they pay these idiots require extravagant public subsidies just to keep the teams solvent. How about you stop celebrating this parasitic passtime, and enjoy just as much baseball as your admission fees and advertising revenues will support? Concession revenues to go to the entity actually willing to build the darned stadium(s).

  5. JimBobElrod says:

    How long should the Tigers horde potential when they may be one power hitter away from a
    Championship? Currently, Sanchez is behind Justin Verlander, Jeremy Bonderman, Nate
    Robertson and maybe Mike Maroth and arguably Andrew Miller. And all of the guys he’s behind
    have major league experience and are young. The Yankees need pitching, the Tigers need a big

  6. Orrin says:

    Baseball is free.

  7. Orrin says:


    Sanchez should have been traded for a hitter in season. Trading him now for a 40 year old DH who’s been forced off steroids and is falling apart makes little sense.

  8. Orrin says:

    All star break? They’re better than the guys there now, though Sanchez is likely to get hurt and end up in the oen and Hughes has Jim Beattie written all over him.

  9. Jim in Chicago says:

    The only thing Hughes has written all over him is Cooperstown.

    Apparently there was some discussion on NY talk radio yesterday after the trade that the Tigers had projected Sanchez as a closer, and that the Yanks might put him in there as the heir to Mo.

  10. Orrin says:

    The Tigers were going to close with him because they have so much starting pitching and he has arm trouble. The Yankees are desperate for starters.

  11. sducks says:

    Starter? Closer? Who cares. Great pick-up(s). And Sheff, don’t let the door hit that ample mouth of yours on the way out.

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