Earlier this morning, rumors surfaced involving a trade that would bring Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to Detroit in exchange for long-time Tigers starter Rick Porcello. Almost simultaneously, the Tigers replaced Porcello with a trade for Cincinnati Red's starter Alfredo Simon. In exchange for Simon, the Tigers sent shortstop Eugenio Suarez and starting pitching prospect Jonathon Crawford.
Simon had a stellar first half last season, posting a 2.70 ERA in 18 starts, good enough to get selected to the National League All-Star Team. The success may have been luck-driven though, as he posted a BABIP of .232 his FIP came in at 4.33. In the second half his FIP stayed constant at 4.34, but his luck caught up with him and he posted a 4.52 ERA in his remaining 14 starts.
After Jose Iglesias was lost to injury during Spring Training in 2014, and Alex Gonzalez and Andrew Romine struggled to fill the void, Eugenio stepped into the shortstop role and performed admirably. He finished the season hitting .242/.316/.336 and provided solid defense to the middle of the infield.
On his career, Simon has posted a 4.05 ERA in 51 career starts. His FIP is 4.59, xFIP is 4.13, and his K/BB ratio is 2.22. He is projected to earn $5.1 million for the 2015 season and will become a free agent afterwards. Simon is expected to be a key member of a starting rotation that also features David Price, Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez, and Shane Greene.