no hitter broken up in the eigth
See ya Inge. Should have dumped this guy 3 years ago.
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers have acquired third baseman Wilson Betemit from the Kansas City Royals for two minor leaguers.
The 29-year-old Betemit has hit .281 with three home runs and 27 RBIs in 57 games with the Royals this year. The Tigers have been hoping third baseman Brandon Inge would break out of his lengthy slump, but he's hitting .177 going into Wednesday night's game against the Oakland Athletics.
Detroit announced the trade with the Royals just over an hour before the first pitch Wednesday.
Kansas City receives left-hander Antonio Cruz and catcher Julio Rodriguez. The 19-year-old Cruz has gone 2-6 with a 3.11 ERA with Class A West Michigan in 2011.
The 21-year-old Rodriguez has hit .283 at Class A Lakeland.
Bottom line is, he's an average guy defensively who is an abomination at the plate. He got everyone in this town to believe that it was OK for a major league 3B to hit .220. I would've taken a fat, drunk Cabrera at 3B with the range of Jimmy Volmer from South Park and let him commit an error a game, because I know what he brings to the table with a bat. He's gonna hit .330 and hit 35+ homers and knock in 110+ runs.
Think about it like this: is there a starting 3B in the majors RIGHT NOW who wouldn't be an overall improvement over Inge? And remember, his glove hasn't been as good as people wanna believe this year. I can't think of a single one.
hoping this trade works out for the stretch run