Tigers-Marlins blockbuster

By now, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the huge deal involving the Tigers and Marlins. Just in case you haven’t, the Marlins are sending Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to the Tigers for Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller and four other Minor Leaguers. Maybin, of course, is an elite prospect, ranking No. 3 overall on our Top 50 prospect ranking. Miller would be too if he hadn’t had too many innings pitched to qualify.

But what about the other quartet of Minor Leaguers? Who else do the Tigers have in their system after trading Gorkys Hernandez and Jair Jurrjens to the Braves for Edgar Renteria. One name being reported is catcher Mike Rabelo, who played 51 games in the bigs this past season. The rest? It’s only guesswork, but here are some possibilities, thinking the Marlins will be looking for guys who are close to big-league ready like Maybin and Miller:

Brent Clevlen: The outfielder does have some big-league time under his belt, though he played in just 117 games in 2007.

Jordan Tata: The right-hander has time in the bigs as a starter and a reliever. He threw just 96 IP in 2007 and tried to make up for some lost time by pitching in winter ball.

Virgil Vazquez: This right-hander made his Major League debut in 2007 after a very successful season in Toledo.

Jeff Larish: The lefty-swinging first baseman has some pop – he led the Eastern League in homers and slugged .515.

Dallas Trahern: He could be a nice inning-eater for a big league rotation very soon, and he’ll play all of next year at age 22.

It could be some of these guys. It could be none of them. I’m sure we’ll all find out in due time…

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