Detroit Tigers: Eyebrow-Raising Transactions #20-11

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Jul 9, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies pitcher Jair Jurrjens (41) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

15. Edgar Renteria and Jair Jurrjens. Just bad. 

Dombrowski and his penchant for sending away prospects was highlighted in this trade that did not pay off. For the 2008 season, Edgar Renteria was signed with the hopes that he would be an All-Star shortstop for the Tigers. They gave him $10 million to do this. He did not live up to the expectations, of course. He posted one of his lowest career WARs with 1.1. (In his previous season with the Atlanta Braves he posted a WAR of 4.1). His batting stats were well below his average, .270/.382/.699. He committed 16 errors at shortstop, which earned him the number four spot in the AL.

On the other side of the trade, the Braves received two prospects: Jair Jurrjens and Gorkys Hernandez. Jurrjens went on to finished third in the Rookie of Year voting for 2008. In 2011, he earned a spot on the NL All-Star team. In 2009, he led the AL by starting in 34 games. In his five years with the Braves, he earned about half of what Renteria earned in one year in Detroit. Hernandez spent the majority of his career in the minors, playing everywhere all over the country and in Venezuela. He did play in a few major league games with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Miami Marlins.

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