Earlier today it was announced that Detroit had traded for Freddy Guzman with the Player to be Named Later (PTBNL). Well, now is later and the player is Chris Shelton. Certainly there is no shock with this move but Shelton retains many fans in this town. The writing was on the wall as he was chopped from the 40-man last week.
While not a major trade by any means it made sense for Detroit. Carlos Guillen, or Miguel Cabrera, has first base locked up for the foreseeable future leaving zero room for Chris. Guzman is not an exciting player but is a switch hitter who can give some LH at-bats and fill the now vacant CF spot in Toledo with the departure of Cameron Maybin.
A trade of this caliber seems a long way from the 10 HR April in 2006 and the valid debate of whether Shelton or Casey belong at first base for Detroit. That said, the situation now is incredibly better.