MLB.com's Joe Fisaro tweets that the Marlins and Tigers have swung a deal that will move pitcher Nate Robertson and a massive chunk of the money he is owed for 2010 to South Florida. Robertson had appeared to be the front-runner for Detroit's fifth starter job, before trade rumors surfaced, indicating the Tigers would consider moving Robertson. According to Fox Sport's Ken Rosenthal, Detroit is picking up all but $400,000 of Robertson's $10 million salary.
In exchange, the Tigers receive minor league reliever Jay Voss. Two disappointing seasons shuttling between the rotation and the pen led to a full-time bullpen gig for Voss in 2009. The result was a 3-1 record and a 2.72 ERA between Advanced A Jupiter and AA Jacksonville. He may begin 2009 at Detroit's AAA affiliate Toledo.
Robertson appeared in 28 games, starting six of them for the Tigers in 2009. He was ineffective for a second consecutive year, with an ERA of 5.44 and nearly as many walks allowed as strikeouts. Robertson's best success had been as a league average, innings eater. The Marlins are expected to make him their fifth starter. Detroit will make Dontrelle Willis their fifth starter as a result of the deal.
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