May 10, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) reacts after lining out in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
The Miguel Cabrera trade.
The original trade had the Marlins sending Cabrera and fan favorite left hander Dontrelle Willis to the Tigers. In exchange, the Marlins got prospects Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller, Burke Badenhop, Mike Rabelo, Eulogio De La Cruz and Dallas Trahern.
Long story short, none of the guys the Marlins got ended up doing anything for the Marlins. Miggy ended up becoming a two time All-Star and has become one of the better hitters in major league history.
So many fans call this trade “one of the worst in baseball history,” but my personal belief is that any other GM in this situation would not have gotten a much better trade package in return.
What the Tigers trade became:
- The Marlins, in 2010, sent Maybin to the West Coast, trading him to the Padres for two relief pitchers by the names of Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica.
- The Marlins traded Andrew Miller to the Red Sox for Dustin Richardson.
- Badenhop was traded to the Rays for Minor League pitcher Jake Jefferies.
- Mike Rabelo was granted Free Agency in 2009.
- Dallas Trahern was out of baseball by 2011.
- The Padres acquired De La Cruz for cash.
What that all became:
- Both Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica would stay on the Marlins for a few years.
- The Marlins traded Edward Mujica to the Cardinals near the 2012 trade deadline for Zach Cox.
- The Marlins non tendered Webb in the off-season of 2013.
Now let’s take a look at the second most controversial trade in Marlins history.
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