How All Of The Tigers Hitters Were Acquired:
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
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The Tigers have built a winning tradition on the backs of former Marlins.
This started a string of roster moves that enabled this club to have a great run of success since 2006.
Back in 2003, the ‘Motown Boys’ had to win their last game of the year to avoid the worst season ever for losses by an MLB squad – with 119 losses.
The pursuit of the club’s offense led them to a 2006 World Series Appearance. The club lost to the Cardinals, and Dombrowski continued to build.
Prior to the 2008 year, the team traded for Miguel Cabrera, and the franchise would start a new era of dominance in the AL Central.
The club has made 3 straight ALCS appearances – and lost another World Seres in 2012, but the mission continues to go on in Detroit.
Mike Illitch has been forthright in his wish to win a title before he exits this earth.
After several playoff exits, the brass changed the culture of the club by dealing Fielder to the Rangers for 5 tool player Ian Kinsler.
To accentuate the need for speed, the Tigers also inked CF Rajai Davis to a 2 Year pact.
When you look at the 1 – 9 starting lineup, it is a nice collection of internal players, traded for players, or Free Agent brought into the fold.
This teams offense has a nice variety of speed and power, which should help them score runs at Comerica Park.
Cabrera’s trade represents the biggest Roster Tree of the current team.
For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.
It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased.
It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.
The Hitters In 2014 (Date Of Birth/or Age) (Pos) Roster Tree
Miguel Cabrera (4/18/83) 3B/1B/DH: December 4, 2007: Traded by the Florida Marlins with Dontrelle Willis to the Detroit Tigers for Dallas Trahern (minors), Burke Badenhop, Frankie De La Cruz, Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller and Mike Rabelo.
Cabrera with the Tigers: 6 YRs: .325/.405/.551 – with 244 HRs and 821 RBI in 3394 AB. He has won a Triple Crown, led 19 Statistical Categories, and has won 2 straight AL MVP’s.
He has also hit 30+ HRs and driven in 100+ RBI in all 6 years in Motown. Cabrera had his highest OPS of his career in 2013 (1.078). He only seems to get better each season. He signed an 8 year extension for $240 MIL, with 2 Vesting Option for 2023 and 2024.
To revisit this trade for analysis click here.
Willis was a flame out in Detroit, and he cost the organization almost $30 MIL in total team salary from 2008 – 2010. D-Train was 2 – 8, with a 6.86 ERA – carrying over 101 IP (He also had a WHIP of 1.931 – Yikes). The LHP has since retired from baseball in 2014.
Badenhop appeared in 250.1 IP – from 2008 – 2011, with a 13 – 15 record, and a 4.34 ERA out of the Bullpen. He was traded for Jake Jeffries (TB) – who is still in the Minor Leagues.
De La Cruz only appeared in a handful of games for Florida before the Padres purchased him
Cameron Maybin (27) CF: Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 1st round (10th pick) of the 2005 amateur draft. November 13, 2010: Traded by the Florida Marlins to the San Diego Padres for Edward Mujica and Ryan Webb.
Maybin slashed .257/.323/.714 – with 12 HRs and 43 RBI – over his 499 AB from 2008 – 2010 – before his trade (listed up one line).
Mujica was subsequently flipped to St. Louis for a Minor League (Zack Cox). Ryan Webb was one of the better Relief Pitchers in the NL – with a 2.91 ERA in over 80 IP in 2013. He and Cox, are all that is left of Maybin, who was the main piece in the Cabrera trade.
Miller was only with the Marlins briefly, posting a brutal 5.89 ERA (10 – 20 Record), in 220 IP from the Pen and Starter positions. He was since traded to the Red Sox for a player that no longer is with Miami (Dustin Richardson.)
Miller has carved a nice role with the 2013 AL World Series Champs (Boston) – where he has played the last 3 years, putting up a 4.24 ERA in 136 IP. His ERA has dropped from 5.54 in 2011, to 3.35 in 2012, to 2.64 in 2013.
Unfortunately he ended this year on the DL – and is missing the playoffs.
Mike Rabelo (34) C: Only played awhile for the Marlins, before being released. Actually signed back with the Tigers in 2010 – before being released from the organization – while playing with Toledo.
Safe to Say, this is one of the most lopsided trades in MLB History.
Don Kelly (2/15/80) OF/1B/3B: Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 8th round of the 2001 amateur draft. He played a few other spots in his career, before re-signing as a Free Agent prior to the 2009 year.
Jose Iglesias (1/5/90) SS/3B: July 30, 2013: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Boston Red Sox to the Detroit Tigers. The Detroit Tigers sent Avisail Garcia to the Chicago White Sox. The Detroit Tigers sent Brayan Villarreal to the Boston Red Sox. The Chicago White Sox sent Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox. The Boston Red Sox sent Cleuluis Rondon (minors), Francellis Montas (minors) and Jeffrey Wendelken (minors) to the Chicago White Sox.
www.baseballreference.com – the source behind all roster transactions.
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