6. 1996 – The Tigers and Astros swapped 9 players in total with Houston receiving Brad Ausmus, C.J. Nitkowski, Daryle Ward, Jose Lima, and Trever Miller. The Tigers in turn obtained Brian Hunter, Doug Brocail, Orlando Miller and making this the #6 trade – Todd “Tiger” Jones. Jones became a fan favorite early. Playing four and a half seasons with the Tigers with one All Star appearance, Jones earned 142 saves . Jones is the all time save leader for the Tigers and a select member of the 300 save club in MLB history.
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5. 2013 – Ian Kinsler joined the Tigers from the Texas Rangers for 1B Prince Fielder. While it has only been one year with Kinsler and Prince had a huge impact in the lineup, it’s was pivotal to add defense, speed and position stability to the Tigers lineup in 2014. The Kinsler trade also provided a much needed salary relief for the Tigers. Kinsler had a stand out year in 2014 earning an All Star spot and driving the Tigers to the post season while Fielder sat out the majority of the season with a neck injury.
4. 2011 – The Tigers acquired Doug Fister (and David Pauly) from the Seattle Mariners for Casper Wells, Charlie Furbush and Francisco Martinez. Fister provided two and a half seasons of solid pitching. In 2011 for the Tigers after the trade, Fister went 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA. He pitched in three postseasons for the Tigers even taking a beaning off his head in the World Series in 2012 against the Giants and continued to pitch for 6 more innings.