It's an easy trap to fall into. Shortly after Jake Arrieta capped off his first career no-hitter by striking out the side in the ninth inning on Sunday night in Los Angeles, I asked myself why the Tigers were never fortunate enough to find a diamond in the rough like him.
Acquired in 2013 for catcher Steve Clevenger and veteran righthander Scott Feldman, Arrieta has found a new lease on life with the Chicago Cubs. He was a replacement level pitcher down the stretch with them in 2013, but has put up 10.4 WAR in the two seasons since, and is quickly making a case for the National League Cy Young award in 2015.
Then, it hit me: Jake Arrieta is J.D. Martinez.
A once-promising prospect that couldn't find his footing with his original club, both Arrieta and Martinez have blossomed in a new locale. Like Martinez, Arrieta changed his mechanics to become a more effective player, and his new club is reaping the benefits.
Unlike Martinez, Arrieta hasn't gotten the national attention he now warrants. J.D. earned a well-deserved All-Star nod this season, but Arrieta's breakout -- which included a 10-5 record and 2.66 ERA in the first half -- wasn't flashy enough to earn a trip to Cincinnati. After throwing a no-hitter against a playoff contender on national television, however, people are starting to take notice.
Ten players the Detroit Tigers should call up in September - Detroit Free Press, George Sipple
Other than Michael Fulmer -- don't burn an option year! -- the Tigers could feasibly call up all of these players on Tuesday.
Tennessee's Stewart, Simcox shaping up as Tiger keepers - The Detroit News, Lynn Henning
It's a bit odd to be focusing on the farm system, but the Tigers' 2015 draft picks have all performed well thus far.
Anthony Gose apologizes to Buck Farmer for 'stupid mistake' that led to run for Blue Jays - MLive, Chris Iott
Mental mistakes like these are part of the reason why the Tigers sit in last place this morning.
Losing Don Orsillo is like losing family - Over the Monster, Joon Lee
At least we're not in this boat. NESN has parted ways with longtime announcer Don Orsillo, who formed one of the more popular booth duos in baseball with analyst Jerry Remy.
Mariners fire Jack Zduriencik - Lookout Landing, Nathan Bishop
Unfortunately, we are in this boat. Here's hoping Al Avila and Jeff Kingston both have success in their new positions.
How I learned to love Alcides Escobar's ambush hitting - Royals Review, Max Rieper
At least Escobar can't homer off Anibal Sanchez (again) this week.
Mark Shapiro to be named Blue Jays president; announcement expected Monday morning - Let's Go Tribe, Matt R. Lyons
One interesting tidbit: with president Mark Shapiro leaving Cleveland, manager Terry Francona has an opt-out clause in his contract, similar to the one that saw Joe Maddon jump to Chicago last winter.
So You Want an Edge Against Mike Trout - FanGraphs, Jeff Sullivan
This is a well thought out article about one of the few weaknesses in Mike Trout's game, and I can't get past the Justin Verlander curveball GIF two paragraphs in.