So you want to make a deadline trade? Ready to empty the farm system for a veteran slugger? You need an all-star right hander? They are all for sale for the right price. Whether your club is a buyer or a seller this year, the deals you make (or don't make) will impact the team for years to come.
The Tigers have many many mid-season moves over the years from both sides. Sometimes the players you give up turn out to be Hall of Famers, sometimes they never make it to the Majors. But If you want to win now, the cost could be the future of your franchise.
Lets take a look at some of the most pivotal deadline deals in Tigers history.
(Note: I have included some deals that occurred after the non-waiver deadline, but before the August 31st deadline as well. Prior to 1986, the non-waiver deadline was June 15.)
Some of those that missed the cut:
1988- The Tigers traded minor league catcher Chris Hoiles to Baltimore for a year and a half of an aging Fred Lynn, who hit .237 while with the Tigers. Hoiles played 10 seasons with the Orioles and was a consistent power threat.
1999- Detroit sent journeyman pitcher Bryce Florie to Boston for minor league lefty Mike Maroth. Florie is most famous for getting hit in the face with a line drive while pitching for the Red Sox. Maroth lost 21 games in 2003, but was an effective pitcher until arm problems developed three seasons later.
1998- The Tigers acquired Geronimo Berroa from the Indians for pitcher Tim Worrell and minor league outfielder Dave Roberts. Berroa hit all of one home run in Detroit, while Roberts went on to a lengthy career as a very good lead off hitter and center fielder, something the Tigers took nearly another decade to find.