Mariners trade Fister, Pauley to Tigers for four players

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Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Jack Zduriencik announced the club has acquired left-handed pitcher Charlie Furbush, third baseman Francisco Martinez, outfielder Casper Wells and a player to be named later from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for right-handed pitchers Doug Fister and David Pauley.

 

Acquired from Detroit:

  • LHP Charlie Furbush (recently with Detroit)
  • 3B Francisco Martinez (recently with AA Erie)
  • OF Casper Wells (recently with AAA Toledo)
  • PTBNL

 

Traded to Detroit:

  • RHP Doug Fister
  • RHP David Pauley

 

Furbush and Wells will join the Mariners 25-man roster and will be active for Sunday’s series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays (1:10 p.m. PT). Martinez will report to the Mariners AA affiliate Jackson Generals in the Southern League.

 

“We felt that today’s deal provided us the opportunity to acquire several players that are at or near Major League ready and we could control for five to six years, all of whom have upside potential,” Zduriencik said. “We believe it improves the construction of our Major League roster by adding a right-handed bat and a left-handed arm immediately, and thanks to the young arms we have in our minor league system, we believe that we were able to add talent to our organization while dealing from an area of depth.

 

“Doug and David have done a very nice job for us, and it was tough for us to move them, but as we continue to accumulate talent in our organization that will allow us to be the kind of team we aspire to be, a team that contends for and wins championships, these are the sort of tough decisions we need to make when the opportunity presents itself.”

 

Furbush, 25, has gone 1-3 with a 3.62 ERA (13 ER, 32.1 IP) in 17 appearances (2 GS) over two stints with the Tigers. In 15 relief appearances he recorded a 2.16 ERA (6 ER, 25.0 IP), while going 0-2 with a 8.59 ERA in 2 starts (7 ER, 7.1 IP). He opened the season with AAA Toledo in the International League, going 5-3 with a 3.17 ERA (19 ER, 54.0 IP) and 61 strikeouts in 10 games (9 starts). He was originally selected by the Tigers in the 4th round of the 2007 June draft out of Louisiana State University. He did not pitch during the 2008 recovering from “Tommy John” surgery on his left elbow. In 73 career minor league games (69 GS), Furbush has averaged 9.47 strikeouts/9.0 IP (406 K, 386.0 IP).

 

Martinez, 20, is batting .282 (98x348) with 14 doubles, 4 triples, 7 home runs and 46 RBI in 91 games with AA Erie in the Eastern League. After batting .179 in the opening month of the season (12x67), Martinez has hit .306 (86x281) with 48 runs scored, 13 doubles, 4 triple, 5 home runs and 35 RBI over his last 71 games. The Venezuelan native played for the World squad in the 2011 All-Star Futures Game in Phoenix. He was rated by Baseball America as the Tigers 4th-best prospect entering the 2011 season. Originally signed by the Tigers as a non-drafted free agent in 2007, Martinez has combined to hit .277 (307x1108) in 297 career minor league games.

 

Wells, 26, has spent the majority of the season with Detroit after making the Tigers Opening Day roster, before being optioned to AAA Toledo on July 20. In 64 games with the Tigers he hit .257 (29x113) with 16 runs scored, 10 doubles, 4 home runs and 12 RBI, including batting .280 (21x75) with 10 extra base hits vs. left-handed pitchers. Wells hit .370 (10x27) with 4 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 6 RBI in 7 games with Toledo. He was originally selected by the Tigers in the 14th round of the 2005 June draft and made his Major League debut on May 15, 2010 vs. Boston.  He was rated as the Tigers 19th-best prospect entering the 2011 season, and as possessing the best outfield arm in the Tigers organization.  

 

Fister, 27, is 3-12, 3.33 (54 ER, 146.0 IP) in 21 starts with the Mariners this season. He currently ranks last in the American League in run support average at 1.97 runs per game, and has dropped his last 7 decisions, matching the longest losing streak of his career. Originally drafted by Seattle in the 7th round of the 2006 draft, Fister has a career big league mark of 12-30, 3.81 in 60 games, 59 starts, all with the Mariners.

 

Pauley, 28, is 5-4, 2.15 in 39 appearances with the Mariners this season. He is currently tie-1st among AL relievers in wins, and second in innings pitched (54.1). Originally signed as a minor league free agent in Dec., 2009, in parts of two seasons with Seattle he has compiled a mark of 9-13, 3.35 in 58 games, 15 starts. In his Major League career (Boston, 2006-08; Seattle, 2010-11) he is 9-16, 4.36 in 67 games, 20 starts.

 

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