Friday, June 22, 2007

Maroth Traded to Cardinals

Mike Maroth has now officially been traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for a player to be named later. The Tigers and Cardinals had agreed upon a list of potential players to complete the deal. As Billfer explains, players to be named later generally need to be announced within six months. In this case, the Tigers will scout the players on the list and choose a player no later than September 15. I'm not sure of the significance of the September 15 date.

Maroth was one of only two Tigers (the other being Brandon Inge who had been with the team since 2002). Maroth has struggled this year coming off of last year's elbow surgery. In 78 1/3 innings, he has compiled a 5.06 ERA, has allowed 97 hits, 15 homers and has a 28/33 K/BB ratio. The trade will clear room on the roster for Kenny Rogers, who will make his 2007 debut tonight versus the Braves.

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