May 30, 2014; Toledo, OH, USA; Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski in the stands against the Charlotte Knights at Fifth Third Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Blair Tatrault put the finishing touches on the week by delving into each of the Tigers’ trades this offseason and assigned a grade.
"If you’re a serious sports fan, you’re living in a golden era. You have a cornucopia of information at your fingertips–print and online newspapers and magazines; radio and television sports talk shows; live, world-spanning audio and video game coverage; and even a plethora of special interest websites (such as our own Motor City Bengals), which drill deeply into stories uncovered by the mainstream press. If you partake regularly of these resources, have some background in the sport, and care passionately about your favorite team, you naturally form well-documented opinions about how your team is managed, both on the field and in the front office. So with that in mind my well-informed friends, because we’re Detroit Tiger fans and we care about such things, it’s time to pass judgment on general manager Dave Dombrowski’s off-season trades. First though, to ensure the integrity of the process, there’s a proviso–just like double D, we don’t get the benefit of hindsight. Once you opine on a trade, you own that position forever. In practical terms, that means if you think trading Rick Porcello was a mistake (as I do) and Yoenis Cespedes goes on to have a great year and hits a walk-off home run to win the World Series, you are morally bound to drop to your knees, confess your mistake, and pay homage to the venerable House of Dombrowski. READ MORE"