Paul Wezner, Senior Editor
Sean Casey might not be the big bat the Tigers would have liked to put in the middle of their lineup; on the other hand, maybe some time in Toledo will do Chris Shelton well, and he'll come back stronger in September. Casey gives the club a left-handed bat, is an upgrade at first defensively, and is many ways an upgrade offensively at first, as after April, Chris Shelton has posted a .260/.322/.370 line. The defensive ability of Casey certainly can't be overlooked at this point either, especially after the brutal game Dmitri Young had at first on Monday night. The biggest reason the Tigers walk away winners though is that despite upgrading the club, they only had to give up double-A reliever Brian Rogers, who might become a big league contributor, but certainly wasn't on the level of Humberto Sanchez, or even a number of other arms on his own club.
Mark Anderson, Associate Editor, Minor Leagues
I think the Tigers should end up being winners in the end; although it's a little early to definitively say that. If this little stint with Leon Durham is what Chris Shelton really needs, then I think the Tigers just made themselves very strong down the stretch. With some combination of Craig Monroe, Marcus Thames, Dmitri Young, Sean Casey, and hopefully Chris Shelton filling the LF, DH, and 1B slots in the lineup, the Tigers are still left with two productive bats off the bench. The Tigers weren't forced to give up anything of present value, and despite the fact that Brian Rogers looks like he could help Pittsburgh sometime late this year, the organization has depth at right-handed pitching. If Shelton can come back to even a respectable level, the Tigers will have strengthened themselves in many ways, while dealing from a position of strength. Things are looking good heading down the stretch run.
Jason Avery, Associate Editor, Amateur Baseball
I think the Tigers are winners, because they filled their primary need. Sean Casey won't hit for a lot of power, but the Tigers don't need him to do that, they need him to continue being a solid contact hitter. The Tigers lead the American League in strikeouts, so adding Casey will make a good addition to the bottom of the order. Casey will also make an impact defensively, where he hasn't made an error this season and hold a .995 fielding percentage in his career.
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