Detroit Tigers: Eyebrow-Raising Player Transactions #30-21

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Aug 26, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher

Justin Verlander

(35) pitches to Los Angeles Angels catcher

Chris Iannetta

(17) in the ninth inning at Comerica Park. Detroit won 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

26. Fernando Vina. Did He or Didn’t He?

The Tigers have had some disappointing contracts, but this was one of the worst. Fernando Vina was a Gold Glove second baseman who was signed at the end of the 2003 season. He was supposed to be the guy that helped bring the team back after the worst season it ever had. The Tigers awarded him with a $6 million contract for 2004 and 2005. He only played in 29 games with 26 hits and 7 RBIs. His season and career ended with knee surgery for torn cartilage. He never played another game after that injury in May of 2004. The rumor was that Vina had the injuries prior to signing with the Tigers, simply because he wanted the big deal from them.

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