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The Detroit Tigers Roster Tree Part 1: How All Of The Hitters Were Acquired

It is tough to believe that someone once wanted to trade Miguel Cabrera.  The Marlins were so desperate to rid themselves of the Dontrelle Willis contract, that they unloaded Miguel Cabrera as part of a package for 5 different players in return from Detroit.  It will go down as one of the worst trades in MLB History by the time it is all said and done.  Cabrera has evolved into the best Right Handed Batter in this generation.  He only gets better each year that passes by.

It is tough to believe that someone once wanted to trade Miguel Cabrera. The Marlins were so desperate to rid themselves of the Dontrelle Willis contract, that they unloaded Miguel Cabrera as part of a package for 5 different players in return from Detroit. It will go down as one of the worst trades in MLB History by the time it is all said and done. Cabrera has evolved into the best Right Handed Batter in this generation. He only gets better each year that passes by.

How All Of The Tigers Hitters Were Acquired:

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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At the MLB Reports, we intend to show you the Roster Tree for the Detroit Tigers  – and how they assembled their current roster for hitting and Pitching.  It will work in a six degrees of separation like format.

Once we figure out the origin of how many trades going back in time it takes to see where the tree started, it will be time to dissect how the team fared on the deals.

If a player has never left the organization at all, the tree will be easy – as it will just be the year they were drafted or signed.

For the 2nd part of the Roster Tree for the Tigers: The Pitchers – click here

For all of the Rosters, Depth Charts, State of the Unions and Salaries Posts that we do, please visit our dedicated page link here.

Miguel Cabrera 2013 Highlights Before The All – Star Break – Mature Lyrics

It was a trade that has benefited all 3 teams at several different times in the course of the last 4 years, however the Tigers have emerged as the overall winners of the 3 team trade that saw the Tigers receive Scherzer and Austin Jackson, while the Yankees picked up Curtis Granderson, and the Diamondbacks received Ian Kennedy (turned into Joe Thatcher) and Edwin Jackson (turned into Daniel Hudson).

It was a trade that has benefited all 3 teams at several different times in the course of the last 4 years, however the Tigers have emerged as the overall winners of the 3 team trade that saw the Tigers receive Scherzer and Austin Jackson, while the Yankees picked up Curtis Granderson, and the Diamondbacks received Ian Kennedy (turned into Joe Thatcher) and Edwin Jackson (turned into Daniel Hudson).  The deciding factor was definitely the soon to he the AL CY Young Winner this campaign.

Alex Avila (26) C:  Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 5th round of the 2008 amateur draft.

Avila won A Silver Slugger Award, made and ALL – Star Appearance – and finished 12th in AL MVP Voting for the 2011 campaign – where he hit .295/.389/.895 – with 19 HRs and 82 RBI in 464 AB.

While the Catcher has failed to duplicate those numbers any other year, he is .254/.350/.770 for his Career.  Avila has struggled in the Post Season overall,  but he has provided great value for the club considering his 5th RD Selection in 2008.

Prince Fielder (29) 1B:  January 26, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers. (9 YRs/$214 MIL).

Back to Back ALL – Star Appearances, coupled with 25+ HRs and 100+ RBI should have the team happy with him right?  His OPS did go down from .940 in 2012 (Won the Silver Slugger Award for 1B) to .819 this year.

Fielder hasn’t missed a game with the club and maybe he should have.  His Post Season’s for the club have been abysmal.  The big man still has 7 years left on his deal, so lets see how he fares.

Lifetime with DET:  .295/.387/.878 – with 55 HRs and 214 RBI spanning 1205 over 2 seasons.

Omar Infante (31) 2B/SS/3B:  July 23, 2012: Traded by the Miami Marlins with Anibal Sanchez and 2013 compensation draft pick round A to the Detroit Tigers for Rob Brantly, Brian Flynn, Jacob Turner and 2013 compensation draft pick round B.

Infante had his best year in the Majors in 2013 – with a 3 Slash of .318/.345/.795 – with 10 HRs and 54 RBI in 454 AB.  He is a pending Free Agent, might provided great leadership for the franchise at 2B.

In the 2012 World Series run for  Detroit last year, Infante also hit .300.  He may resign with the club this winter, and he may not.

Rob Brantly (24) C:  Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 3rd round of the 2010 amateur draft.

Brantly has slashed .235/.298/.623 over his 323 AB for the Marlins thus far in 2012 and 2013.  The man has added 4 HRs and 26 RBI.  Brantly will compete for the everyday role for years to come.

Brian Flynn (23) SP:  Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 7th round of the 2011 amateur draft.

Flynn was able to appear in a few games for Miami this year, however he did his best work with New Orleans of the PCL – where he held a 2.80 ERA in 23 Game Starts.

Jacob Turner (22) SP:  Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 1st round (9th pick) of the 2009 amateur draft.

Turner filled the void left by Sanchez, as he was able to pitch for a 3.74 ERA in 20 Game Starts in the 2013 campaign.  Along with Jose Fernandez, the two could carry the club for a long time.

Anibal Sanchez (29) SP:  Signed an 5 YR/$88 MIL extension after last year.

Prior to the resign though, Sanchez was 4 – 6, with a 3.74 ERA down the stretch in 2012, and was a big part of their 2012 World Series run.  The team has since resigned him through 2018.

Sanchez led the AL in ERA this year with a 2.57 clip – almost a run lower than his Career ERA of 3.55.

I have to give the nod for this trade to the Detroit Tigers (based solely on their 2012 success with it).  The Marlins didn’t do too shabby with the assets they acquired though

Jhonny Peralta (31) SS/LF:  November 8, 2010: Signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers. (3 YRs/$16.5 MIL).

Despite being suspended for 50 games for Detroit, it was a great 3 year run for Peralta.  He was part of 3 ALCS runs, and 1 World Series Appearance.

The Veteran Shortstop hit for a 3 Slash of .275/.332/.764 – with 53 HRS and 242 RBI in 1682 AB for his stint.  These are numbers that far exceeded his totals up to that point.

His salary was definitely earned – enhanced or not.  Peralta was also good in the 2013 Playoffs 11 – 33 (.333) – with 4 2B’s and 1 HR to go with 6 RBI.

In the mans time split between Detroit and Cleveland, he has 3 Slashed .283/.326/.832 – with 8 HRs and 24 RBI in just 166 AB.  Some team should pick him up for being clutch.

Miguel Cabrera (30) 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: .327/.407/.995 – with 227 HRs and 737 RBI in 3524 AB.  He has won a Triple Crown, led 19 Statistical Categories, and may very well take in his 2nd straight AL MVP Award this year.

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 (.1078).  He only seems to get better each season.  He is signed for 2 more years.

To revisit this trade for analysis click here.

Dontrelle Willis (31)  SP/RP:  June 1, 2010: Traded by the Detroit Tigers with cash to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Billy Buckner.

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).

Billy Buckner (30) RP/SP:  July 25, 2010: Released by the Detroit Tigers. Never pitched in the Majors for the Tigers.

Dallas Trahern (27) SP:  Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 34th round of the 2004 MLB June Amateur Draft.  Has not played in the Majors.

Burke Badenhop (30) RP:   Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 19th round of the 2005 amateur draft.

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.

Frankie De La Cruz (29) RP:  Signed by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 2001.

De La Cruz only appeared in a handful of games for Florida before the Padres purchased him

Cameron Maybin (26) 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.

Andrew Miller (28) SP/RP:  Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 1st round (6th pick) of the 2006 amateur draft.

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 Pennant 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  (33) 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.

Andy Dirks (27)  OF:  June 5, 2008: Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 8th round.

3 Slash Career of .276./332/.745 – with 24 HRs, 100 RBI and 150 Runs Scored over his 971 AB.  Dirks looks like he solidified a spot in the Tigers OF, with an OPS of .857 and 56 Runs Scored in just 314 AB during the 2012 season,  however he slowed down mightily in 2013.

His .686 OPS in 438 AB will have the Detroit franchise fishing for more OF depth this winter.  Still as an 8th RD pick in 2008, this guy has been a surprise so far.

Austin Jackson (26) OF: December 8, 2009: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the New York Yankees with Phil Coke to the Detroit Tigers. The Detroit Tigers sent Curtis Granderson to the New York Yankees. The Detroit Tigers sent Edwin Jackson to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The New York Yankees sent Ian Kennedy to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Arizona Diamondbacks sent Max Scherzer and Daniel Schlereth to the Detroit Tigers.

Austin Jackson (26) LF: has averaged about 112 Runs per 162 Games Played.  He has 3 Slashed .278/.344/.759 – with 42 HRs, 38 – 3B and 115 – 2B for his 4 years.  Jackson has also counted 69 Stolen Bases.

His only nemesis has been Strikouts, where he fanned 614 times in 2304 AB. Jackson has shown steady improvement on cutting them down though.

Jackson hit .280 (14 – 50) in the 2012 Playoffs for the Tigers, with 9 Runs Scored in 13 Games Played.  He is still a member for the next 2 years, while Edwin Jackson and likely Granderson (2014 Free Agent), have stopped playing for their clubs.

Please refer to more analysis I did for this trade via the New York Yankees Hitting Roster here.

But to give up Edwin Jackson and Curtis Granderson, to have Austin Jackson and Max Scherzer is a steal.

Max Scherzer (29) SP:  Was the best pitcher in the AL this year, with a 21 – 3 record and a miniscule 2.90 ERA.  He will probably be the AL CY Young Winner for 2013.

Max Scherzer is 64 – 30 (.681) with a 3.62 ERA for the Tigers from 2010 – 2013, and has thrown 792.2 IP in the last 4 years.  This year he also led the AL in WHIP 0.97).

Curtis Granderson (32) OF:  3 Slashed .245/.335/.829 -with 115 HRS and 307 RBI In just 1859 AB.   Granderson played at a high level in 2011 and 2012 – putting up back to back 40+ HR and 100+ RBI campaigns.

Both years he was an ALL – Star and he finished winning a Silver Slugger Award, and finishing 4th in AL MVP Voting.  It was a year he led the AL in Runs (136) and RBI (119).

Edwin Jackson (30) SP:  was 6 – 10, with a 5.16 ERA for Arizona in his only year there, (did throw a No – Hitter though), before being traded for Daniel Hudson.

Hudson has provided decent value for the Diamondbacks from the Jackson trade, with a 26 – 15 record and a 3.58 ERA, however he can’t stay on the field.

This one goes to the Tigers.  While Granderson and Jackson kind of equal each other out, Scherzer for Jackson, (or assets left) is not contest at all.

Edwin Jackson (30) SP:  December 10, 2008: Traded by the Tampa Bay Rays to the Detroit Tigers for Matthew Joyce.

Jackson has a solid campaign for the Tigers back in 2009, going 13 – 9, with a 3.62 ERA.  Of course he turned into Scherzer.

Matthew Joyce (29) OF:  Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 12th round of the 2005 amateur draft.

Joyce has been a great OF for the Tampa Bay Rays.  He has slashed .249/.341/.796 – with 79 HRs and 261 AB from 2009 – 2013.

I am going to call this one a draw, since the Tigers flipped the guy acquired for Joyce into Scherzer – otherwise it would have been pretty even

Curtis Granderson (30) CF:  Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 3rd round of the 2002 amateur draft.

Phil Coke (31) RP:  Still with the team..Coke hasn’t fared that well (other than his 2012 Post Season run, where he assumed the Closer’s role – picked up 3 Saves, and yielded a 0.84 ERA in his 10.2 IP.

Coke carried ERA’s yearly from 2009 – 2012 (going 3.76, 4.47, 4.00 and 5.40).  Coke’s total ERA for 265.2 IP worth of work for Detroit is 4.34.

Daniel Schlereth (27) RP:  November 30, 2012: Granted Free Agency.  He was decent in his time, 4 – 1, with a 3.98 ERA in 74.2 IP for the Tigers, before they released him

Ian Kennedy (29) SP:  Kennedy was fantastic in the 2011 year with Arizona, finishing with a 21 – 4 record, a 2.88 ERA – while logging 222 IP.  The Yankees could definitely use him now.

The D’Backs went on to flip Kennedy (48 – 34, with a 3.82 ERA for Arizona), to the Padres for Joe Thatcher.

In the grand scheme of things, in all told, the Tigers win this trade, Arizona finishes second, and the Yankees finish 3rd. 

Torii Hunter (38) OF:  November 16, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers. (2 YRs/$26 MIL).

Hunter had one of his best seasons in the Majors at the age of 37 – then 38.  He made the ALL – Star Squad, scored the second most amount of runs ever in a year for him (90) – and tallied his most hits in a season ever as well (184 – good for 9th in the AL).

He was a superb short term signing.  Hunter slashed .304/.334/.800 – and  cracked 17 HRs and 34 – 2B, to go with 84 RBI – predominantly hitting out of the 2 hole all year.

Victor Martinez (34) C/DH/1B: November 26, 2010: Signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers. (4 YRs/$50 MIL).

It is crazy how his injury ended up netting them Prince Fielder in a roundabout way.  He is the preeminent DH (besides David Ortiz) in the AL.

Martinez slashed .330/.380/.850 – with 12 HRs and 103 RBI in 2011.  He was hurt for all of 2012, before putting up .301/.355/.785 – with 14 HRs and 83 RBI in 2013.  But that doesn’t tell the whole story.

Martinez hit .361/.413/.913 in the 2nd half of the 2013 campaign – and then added a .405/.432/1.003 in the 2013 PostSeason.  He has been worth his salary for sure.  The whole team has one year left with him signed.

Don Kelly (33) 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.

As a bit player off of the bench, Kelly has foraged a decent living as a Major Leaguer.  Sure he has only slashed .229/.290/.634 for his career – but has 23 HRs and 88 RBI.

His best work comes when he is the Starting LF, where he has an OPS of .777 in 264 AB.  Not bad for a guy they have only paid $3 MIL in collective salary to.

Brayan Pena (31) C:  December 10, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.

Pena backed up a slumping Avila nicely in 2013, hitting .297/.315/.713 – with 4 HRs and 22 RBI in 229 AB this season.

Ramon Santiago (33) INF:  November 30, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers. (2 YRs/$4.2 MIL).  He was originally signed by Detroit in 2001 – then later traded for Carlos Guillen (great trade as Seattle released the guy in 2005).

Santiago hit .244/.312/.645 – in 2522 AB for the club.

Carlos Guillen (38) INF:  Hit .297/366/.842 in his 8 years with Detroit – spanning 3008 AB.  He was named to 3 ALL – Star Games and drove in a Career High of 102 RBI in 2007.

Matt Tuiasosopo (27) LF/3B/1B: November 26, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Detroit Tigers.

Tuisasosopo was a great find out of Spring Training as a Non – Roster Invitee.  The man hit .244/.351/.765 – with 7 HRs and 30 RBI in just 164 AB this year.  His power was shown greatly.

Going forward, he will likely be a great 4th OF for the team in 2014.  He is Arbitration Eligible in 2015 and a Free Agent in 2018

Jose Iglesias (23) 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.

Brayan Villareal (26) RP: Signed by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 2005.

The man only had one appearance for the Red Sox in 2013,  before being sent to Pawtucket.  He is Arbitration Eligible in 2015 and a Free Agent in 2018.

Avisail Garcia (27) OF:  Signed by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 2007.

Garcia showed signs of why the Tigers liked him so much for the White Sox, slashing .304/.327./.775 – with 5 HRs and 21 RBI in just 161 AB for the Pale Hose.

Jake Peavy (32) SP:  He went 4 – 1 with Boston down the stretch, and had a 4.04 ERA.  He was good in one start versus the Rays in the ALDS, but was lit up by Detroit in the ALCS.

Peavy is signed through 2014 ($14.5 MIL).  He will be good depth for Boston.

Jose Iglesias (23) INF:  Hit .259/.306/.654 with the Tigers in 135 AB.  Could be the SS for the next 10 years.  Having what Detroit already has in the OF, this was a good gamble.

It will be Iglesias versus Garcia the way this deal is measured up. Boston was only in this short – term for Peavy.

It will be years until we can effectively rate this trade.

For the 2nd part of the Roster Tree for the Tigers: The Pitchers – click here

***Transaction dates and lists of trades all courtesy of BaseballReference.com***

Torii Hunter was one of several Free Agents the club has signed over recent seasons - including Victor Martinez, Joaquin Benoit and

Torii Hunter was one of several Free Agents the club has signed over recent seasons – including Victor Martinez, Joaquin Benoit and Jhonny Peralta.  The team is smart enough to never lock in with any bad contracts long term.  The team does potentially lose Peralta, Infante and Benoit this winter, while Scherzer and Martinez hit the open market next year.  The club resigned Sanchez to a risky 5 YR/$88 MIL contract after the Marlins trade last year, and he rewarded them with a Career year – and won the ERA crown in 2013.  The team will also hope Jose Iglesias has a great career at Short – as he will forever be compared to Avisail Garcia in Chicago.

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I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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