Well, now that we've looked at the worst, let's get to the best (and thanks to Tom Hagerty for doing most of the research on this.)
Maybe the most spectacular was sending Denny McClain (who had racked up a lot of victories and a lot of innings for the Tigs) along with Don Wert and Elliot Maddox to the Senators for Aurelio Rodriguez, Eddie Brinkman, Joe Coleman and Him Hannan.
Tom contends that sending the very young John Smolz to Atlanta for the experienced Doyle Alexander was one of the best deals, not one of the worst, like we suggested last week. We got a steady hand in the playoffs that year, and for many years to come.
Some other significant acquisitions include:
- Sean Casey for Brian Rogers
- Frank Tanana for Duane James
- Todd Jones and Nate Robertson for Mark Redman
- Milt Wilcox for cash
- Damian Easley for Greg Gohr
Tom found a list of many of these deals at http://bleacherreport.com/articles/222770-10-most-pivotal-deadline-deals-in-tigers-history#page/9 that will give you more detail.
They include what they claim to be the most "significant" trades. I don't think all of them were all that good. Like, sending Cecil Fielder packing for Rueben Sierra and Matt Drews, Jason Thompson for Al Cowers, and who the heck dealt away a young guy named David Wells? Yeah, that David Wells.
So cast your vote at right. One vote to a customer, and if the players' names seem cut off, just run your cursor over the name and total bar.