Detroit Sports

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Good or Bad Deal?

The Detroit Tigers just completed one of the biggest deals in team history, acquiring Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins for six prospects: Mike Rabelo and right-handers Burke Badenhop, Eulogio De La Cruz, left-hander Andrew Miller and outfielder Cameron Maybin.

Looking at this deal it appears to be a great trade for the Tigers. Cabrera is one of the best hitters in the game and Willis has pitched stellar in previous seasons. Both players are young, 24 and 25 respectively, and in the prime of their careers. This trade has made the Tigers' starting lineup by far the best in baseball and has strengthened their rotation immensely. Although the Tigers gave up some of their best prospects, Willis and Cabrera have already proven themselves as great players. This deal should definitely put the already good Tigers near the top of the American League. Here is a look at the possible lineup for the 2008 Detroit Tigers.

Ivan Rodriguez-Catcher
Justin Verlander-Starting Pitcher
Carlos Guillen-First Base
Placido Polanco-Second Base
Edgar Renteria-Short Stop
Miguel Cabrera-Third Base
Jacque Jones/Marcus Thames-Left Field
Curtis Granderson-Center Field
Magglio Ordonez-Right Field
Gary Sheffield-Designated Hitter

On the surface this deal looks like a great deal for the Tigers. However, a few aspects of the deal need to be considered. Probably the most questionable part of this deal is trading for Dontrelle Willis. In the last two seasons he has pitched poorly for the Marlins. In 2005 he was incredible, winning 22 games and was considered one of the best pitchers in baseball. A change of teams could be just what Willis needs to reform to his old self, or maybe not. The next two years should be a good indication on whether Willis was a one year wonder or the real deal.

Another problem with this deal was Detroit giving up its best prospects. Maybin and Miller are both considered as some of the best prospects in all of baseball. De La Cruz has also showed signs of being a solid pitcher. The Tigers gave up four of their top eleven prospects in this deal, and they significantly weakened their farm system.

Overall, this has been a productive off season for the Tigers. Along with Willis and Cabrera, the Tigers have also signed Edgar Renteria and Jacque Jones. Both players have proven themselves to be good players in the American League.

The Tigers have vaulted themselves to the top of the American League with this trade. They should be favorites to win their division and should contend for the World Series. This deal was definitely a great trade for the next couple of seasons but time will only tell on how good the prospects they gave will turn out.