Five unsuccessful Dombrowski-era trades

BY foxsports • July 28, 2012

It appears that the Tigers have made their pre-deadline trade already this year, acquiring second baseman Omar Infante, a former Tiger and right-handed starter Anibal Sanchez from the Miami Marlins for rookie Jacob Turner, catching prospect Rob Brantly and minor-league pitcher Brian Flynn.

It finally answered the season-long debate of who is going to play second base and gave the Tigers a veteran starter for the rotation.

At this time of year, it's worthwhile to revisit some of the trades made during president and general manager Dave Dombrowski's tenure.

Today we look at five trades that didn't work out so well for the Tigers.

1. July 31, 2009: Acquired left-hander Jarrod Washburn from the Seattle Mariners for left-handers Luke French and Mauricio Robles.

The Tigers were in a good position at the end of July in 2009. They were 53-48 and a game and a half ahead of their Central Division competitors. But they felt they still needed a piece or two to ensure their place.

They decided that left-hander Jarrod Washburn was the best option. With the Mariners, Washburn was 8-6 with a 2.64 ERA. But Washburn washed out with the Tigers, going 1-3 with a 7.33 ERA, mostly due to a knee injury that had bothered him before he came to Detroit.

Tigers fans will remember that the season ended in Game 163 in Minnesota.

As for French, 26, he lasted until 2010 with the Mariners. His major league record was 9-12 with a 4.99 ERA. Currently he's pitching for Minnesota's Triple-A team in Rochester, NY, where he's 1-5 with a 6.78 ERA in 16 games, 14 starts.

Robles, who is only 23, is pitching for the Mariners' Double-A team in Jackson, Tenn., where he's 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA in 24 appearances.

2. August 17, 2009: Acquired infielder/outfielder Aubrey Huff from the Baltimore Orioles for right-hander Brett Jacobson.

Huff, who was hitting .253 with 13 home runs and 72 RBIs in 110 games with the Orioles, was not nearly as successful with the Tigers. In 40 games with Detroit, Huff hit .189 with two home runs and 13 RBIs.

Adding insult to injury, the very next season Huff went to the San Francisco Giants and hit .290 with 26 home runs and 86 RBIs, helping the Giants win the World Series.

Brett Jacobson, 25, landed in the Minnesota Twins' farm system and is currently pitching for their Double-A team in New Britain, Conn., where he is 0-3 with a 7.50 ERA in 18 games, six starts.

3. October 29, 2007: Acquired infielder Edgar Renteria from the Atlanta Braves for right-hander Jair Jurrjens and outfielder Gorkys Hernandez.

On paper, trading for an established veteran shortstop like Renteria seemed like a great idea. After all, Renteria had a great track record. But the majority of that track record was in the National League. Prior to coming to Detroit, Renteria had spent one season in the American League, in 2005 with the Boston Red Sox.

Renteria wasn't terrible with the Red Sox, batting .276 with eight home runs and 70 RBIs. But the Red Sox lost in the American League Division Series to the Chicago White Sox.

With the Tigers, Renteria hit .270 with 10 home runs and 55 RBIs, his lowest since his third season in the majors with the Florida Marlins in 1998.

Like Huff, Renteria went to the Giants and won the World Series in 2010. He won MVP honors in that series for hitting .412 with two home runs and six RBIs.

Most Tigers fans were upset about the loss of Jurrjens, who was 3-1 with a 4.70 ERA in seven starts with the Tigers in 2007. With the Braves, Jurrjens went 13-10 with a 3.68 ERA in 31 starts in 2008, 14-10 with a 2.60 ERA in 34 starts in 2009, 7-6 with a 4.64 ERA in 20 starts in 2010 and 13-6 with a 2.96 ERA in 23 starts in 2011. This season he is 3-4 with a 7.04 ERA in 10 starts. Jurrjens, 26, made the 2011 All-Star team.

The Braves traded Hernandez, 24, to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009. This season he batted just .083 in 25 games with the Pirates. With the Pirates' Triple-A team in Indianapolis, Hernandez is hitting .268 with two home runs and 25 RBIs in 64 games.

4. April 1, 2004: Acquired left-hander Steve Colyer and cash considerations from the Los Angeles Dodgers for outfielder Cody Ross.

Colyer, 33, pitched in 41 games for the Tigers in 2004, going 1-0 with a 6.47 ERA. A year and a day after they acquired him, the Tigers traded Colyer to the New York Mets for Matt Ginter, who last pitched in the majors with the Cleveland Indians in 2008.

Ross, 31, has had a long and winding career since leaving Detroit. The Dodgers traded him to the Cincinnati Reds in April of 2006. The Marlins purchased him from the Reds in May of 2006. Ross then was selected off waivers by the Giants in August of 2010.

Ross was named the 2010 NLCS MVP after he hit .350 with three home runs and five RBIs against Philadelphia. And like several other former Tigers, he went on to win the World Series with the Giants.

He's currently with the Boston Red Sox, where he's batting .261 with 16 home runs and 50 RBIs.

5. May 27, 2011: Acquired left-hander David Purcey from the Oakland A's for infielder Scott Sizemore.

When Purcey was with the A's, he was 0-0 with a 2.13 ERA in nine games. With the Tigers, he was 1-2 with a 7.23 ERA in 19 outings. Notably, he walked 20 in 18 2/3 innings and had just 12 strikeouts.

Purcey was granted free agency in November.

The Tigers, who selected Sizemore in the fifth round of the 2006 amateur draft, called Sizemore up when Will Rhymes was injured. Sizemore, 27, hit just .222 with four RBIs in 17 games with the Tigers before he was traded.

With the A's, Sizemore hit .249 with 11 home runs and 52 RBIs in 93 games. Sizemore was going to be the starting third baseman this season until he tore his left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the first full-squad workout in spring training.


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