That was fast. Less that 24 hours after doing his Bill Buckner imitation, Chris Shelton gets sent down to Toledo to make room for newly acquired Sean Casey; that sounds like something Boy George would do, except that Shelton happened to make his error on July 30th, the day before the unfettered trade deadline.
Shelton had lost the power in his bat in mid-April-" Shelton hit 10 home runs in the month of April -- nine in the first 13 games -- but has hit only six since." Casey isn't a great power hitter either, but he "is considered an above-average fielder," having an errorless 2006.
Casey is a rent-a-player trade, since his contract runs out at the end of the season. The Tigers only had to give up a good AA reliever named Brian Rogers; given the Tigers young and loaded bullpen, a control-pitcher with only a high-80s fastball was expendable.
Expect Carlos Guillen to get some more playing time at first, since both of the Tiger's current first basemen, Casey and Dmitri Young, are lefties.
The trading deadline comes later this afternoon; Steinbrenner went out at got himself some stretch-run help in the form of Bobby Abreu this weekend, and the Tigers are following suit.