Fallout from Robertson trade
By now, you’ve heard about Nate Robertson being traded to the Marlins (with cash) for Jay Voss. Just came out of a gathering with Dave Dombrowski to talk about it. Here’s what it means:
- Dontrelle Willis and Jeremy Bonderman are in the rotation. Willis will start the series finale at KC on Thursday, April 8. Bonderman, who can’t start that game because of his suspension, will start against the Indians on Saturday, April 10. While Dombrowski stopped short of saying Dontrelle and Bonderman had beaten out Robertson for the spots, he said they would’ve put Robertson in the bullpen had they not been able to pull off the trade. In other words, Bonderman and Willis were in the rotation regardless, according to Dombrowski.
- With no starter needing to go to the bullpen, the bullpen is now set. Eddie Bonine and Brad Thomas are both on the team along with Jose Valverde, Joel Zumaya, Ryan Perry, Phil Coke and Fu-Te Ni.
- Tigers have one more roster decision to make for the final position spot between Don Kelly and Clete Thomas. That decision will be announced
after the gameWednesday or Thursday. The Tigers were originally saying they’d announce it after Tuesday’s game, which makes you wonder how much Thomas’ shoulder injury is forcing the delay. If the answer is quite a bit, that makes you wonder whether Thomas is the guy.
- Here’s how unclear the Tigers’ rotation competition was for other teams. One longtime scout suggested earlier this month that Robertson would be the easiest for the Tigers to trade based on performance. Then another scout told me recently that Bonderman was the guy more teams wanted if the Tigers were willing to deal him. That was before the Robertson trade came down. Then there was supposedly a team that had a scout in attendance at Tuesday’s game specifically to watch Willis — not sure whether it was to gauge potential interest or simply assemble a scouting report on him for opposition purposes.