The Detroit Tigers continue to make moves this offseason and the latest could affect the Erie SeaWolves. The Tigers sent starting pitcher Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals for infielder Steve Lombardozzi, lefty reliever Ian Krol and lefty starter Robbie Ray. Fister was 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA this past season with 159 strikeouts to 44 walks in 208 2/3 innings. He was a big part of a successful rotation and immediately bolsters the Nationals.
The biggest name, at least locally, coming back to the Tigers in Ray. He started in advanced-A this past year before being called up to Double-A Harrisburg. With the Senators, Ray went 5-2 with a 3.72 ERA with 60 strikeouts to 21 walks. He also won Game 4 against the Erie SeaWolves in the Western division series to eliminate Erie in the Eastern League playoffs. Ray allowed just one run on three hits in 6 2/3 innings of the series-clinching win. MLB.com released its new prospect rankings, putting Ray at No. 3 overall for the Tigers.