Well, that escalated quickly. After three days of sitting idly at the MLB Winter Meetings, Dave Dombrowski and the Detroit Tigers took action this morning, acquiring three players from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for right-handed starter Rick Porcello. The Tigers' return: outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, right-handed pitcher Alex Wilson, and minor league left-hander Gabe Speier.
Cespedes is the unquestioned centerpiece of this deal for the Tigers. He was worth a career high 3.4 WAR last season and has accumulated 8.5 WAR in three MLB seasons. He hit .260/.301/.450 with 22 home runs and 100 RBI for the Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox last season, but struggled in 213 plate appearances for Boston. He has one year remaining on his contract before free agency. There is a provision in his deal preventing him from receiving a qualifying offer, so the Tigers will not be able to recoup a compensation pick if he leaves via free agency.
Wilson is a 28 year old right-hander who was drafted by the Red Sox in 2009. He is one of only two MLB players to be born in Saudi Arabia. In two partial seasons with the Sox, Wilson allowed a 3.38 ERA and 3.50 FIP in 56 innings. Prior to reaching the MLB level, Wilson spent several seasons in Boston's upper minor league system. He allowed a 3.85 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 152 innings at Triple-A Pawtucket. Wilson still has five years of club control remaining.
Speier is a 19 year old left-hander who was drafted by the Red Sox in the 19th round of the 2013 draft. He has spent parts of two seasons in the Gulf Coast Rookie League, and has allowed a 1.64 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 33 innings. He has totaled 32 strikeouts to two walks, but also hit three batters.