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The Miggy Trade: Did the Marlins Get the Better Deal?

Eight years ago from December 4th, Miguel Cabrera was traded to the Detroit Tigers from the Florida Marlins. The trade didn’t just involve Miggy, however. There was a slew of players in the exchange, but who got the better deal: Tigers or Marlins?

Tigers’ Acquisitions: Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis
Miggy has had some very productive and successful years in the Motor City. With the Tigers, he has batted .326 with 270 home runs and 922 RBIs. He’s made six All Star appearances, led them to an AL pennant in 2012 while winning the Triple Crown, and won two MVP Awards. The only downside to this trade for the Tigers was acquiring Willis, a starting pitcher and the 2003 NL Rookie of the Year, who only started 22 games for Detroit over three seasons and went 2-8.

Marlins’ Acquisitions: Dallas Trahern (minors), Burke Badenhop, Frankie De La Cruz, Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller, and Mike Rabelo
Let me sum up how much the Marlins got scammed in this trade in the following sentence: Trahern never made it to the majors, Badenhop only pitched two years in South Beach and went 13-15, De La Cruz had an ERA of 18.00 in six games pitching in Florida, Maybin only had 43 RBIs with the club in 144 games in three seasons, Miller’s pitching record for the Marlins was 10-20 with an ERA of 5.89 in three years, and Rabelo only batted .202 in 34 games.

The Winner of the Miggy Trade: Detroit Tigers (of course)!!

Sorry Marlins fans, but next time, make sure your team doesn’t trade away future Triple Crown winners. Well, at least now the Marlins are aware of their terrible mistake. Anyway, thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Which trade would benefit both the Tigers and the Marlins? Maybe the Marlins should have asked for Gary Sheffield and Curtis Granderson. Leave your thoughts in the comments section and check back soon for more of “all the buzz on what wuzz.”

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