Size Apparently Doesn't Matter in Detroit

So, yeah, the Tigers traded starting second baseman Scott Sizemore to the Oakland A’s for left-handed reliever David Purcey. Danny Worth has been called up from Toledo to replace him. No word has been given yet on which pitcher will be sent down for Purcey.

How fitting that this deal was made on Polish-American night at Comerica Park. Insert your dumb Polack joke here about Dombrowski.

I hate this deal.

Stuff in bold comes from the Freep:

“We need to get our bullpen stronger,” general manager Dave Dombrowski said.

Agreed. And you did that with the call-ups of Charlie Furbush and Adam Wilk. Both lefties looked pretty good in their Tiger debuts, especially Furbush. They've looked much better than your other lefties, injured koala rapist Brad Thomas, and inconsistent son-of-Stink, Daniel Schlereth. You needed a proven right-handed reliever. Not another lefty. And what of Fu-Te Ni? Are we giving up on him already?

Dombrowski indicated that if Sizemore were hitting better, someone else might have been traded for relief help.

You gave him 17 games. 74 plate appearances. What a load of shit. And yeah, he was only hitting .222. But he was getting on base a bit, despite his struggles. His OBP was .329. That isn’t MVP-worthy, but here’s a partial list of guys that weren’t getting on base as well as a struggling Sizemore.

Austin Jackson: .282
Brandon Inge: .265
Ryan Raburn: .248
Brennan Boesch: .328
Don Kelly: .316
Casper Wells: .315
Andy Dirks: .292
Magglio Ordonez: .226
Will Rhymes: .321 (before being sent to Toledo)

So, when exactly will some of these guys be traded to Tampa for Kyle Farnsworth?
Also, here’s another fun fact for you. Do you know what Placido Polanco’s OBP was in the World Series year of 2006? If you said an identical to Sizemore .329, you get a gold star! In 2009, Polly’s last Tiger season, his OBP was .331. No wonder we let him go! Sigh…

The hitting would have improved. His track record in the minors shows it. Would he have turned into Lou Whitaker? Probably not. But look at these numbers.

In 2009, between AA and AAA, Sizemore hit .308 with 17 homers and 6 RBI. He had an OBP of .389 and an OPS of .889 in 130 games.

In 76 games with the Mud Hens in 2010, Size hit .298 with 9 homers, 37 RBI, a .378 OBP and a .850 OBP.

And of course, before being called up this year, his AAA numbers saw him hitting .408 with a 1.100 OPS.

How in the BLUE FUCKING HELL, do you give up on the kid after 74 plate appearances for David Fucking Purcey? Are you fist-fucking me, Dave?

It’s not like we have a better option for second base. Tinkerbell can’t get a ball out of the infield. Neither can Worth, but he has a better glove than Will. Raburn should be taken out and shot. And Little Ramon, as much as I love him, has hit .249/.318/.337 in 1804 career plate appearances. So let it go, people. Santiago isn’t the answer, either.

But let’s take a look at Purcey.
Yikes. A creepy ginger. Anyway, in 68 career games (59 with Toronto), David is 5-10 with a 5.17 ERA, 1.481 WHIP, allowing 8.8 hits per 9 innings, 4.5 walks per 9, and 7.7 strikeouts per 9.

Holy shit! We traded for a Brad Thomas that strikes out a few more! Yay!

So, again, Dave…what the hell, man? Is there another deal in place somewhere? Or did you make a deal, just to make a deal, to make it look like you’re trying? Did that asshole you have stuck in the middle of your chin finally translate to give you total shit-for-brains? I don’t get it.

Sizemore never seemed to be a favorite of many, but he was the best we had. Jim Leyland never seemed to care for him. Neither did my friend Kurt at Bless You Boys. But the fact remains, we are a worse baseball team today than we were yesterday, for no apparent reason.

Good luck in Oakland, Scotty. You’re probably in a better place, sadly.