Looks like the Tiger is in shock In the 2012 season the Detroit Tigers hired manager Matt Ledford. Doctors in the Detroit area really approved of this hire because more and more patients were coming into their offices. This new patients were Tigers fans, most of which came in with sprained and sore necks from shaking their heads in amazement and disappointment. The fans were in shock of the moves that the new Tigers general manager was making, but Ledford said he was going to craft the team his way and he has been ruling with an iron fist. With that the team traded away most of its top players and prospects so they could begin the process of Ledford’s “plan for the future.” They finished the season with a 75-87 record and fourth in the AL Central. To say that the 2013 Detroit Tigers are a completely different team would be an understatement. Let’s take a look to see how the Tigers came to be at the beginning of this season. Key Loses SP Max Scherzer SP Drew Smyly RP Octavio Dotel CF Austin Jackson MR Daniel Schlereth SP Jacob Turner 2B Neil Walker 3B Nick Castellanos SP Phil Coke RF Brennan Boesch C Alex Avila 1B Prince Fielder 3B Miguel Cabrera 2013 first round pick Key Additions 2B Neil Walker MR Matt Albers LF Travis Snyder MR Bobby Jenks SP Cliff Lee SP Anibal Sanchez Pittsburgh 2012 third round draft pick Toronto 2012 first round pick, second round pick, fifth round pick Boston 2012 second round pick Kansas City 2013 second round pick Boston 2013 third round pick Miami 2013 first round, second round, and third round pick San Francisco 2013 second round pick Oakland 2013 third round pick Toronto 2013 third and fourth round picks Milwaukee 2013 First Round pick Texas 2013 First, second, third round picks Barely two weeks into the season Detroit made their first major deal sending SP Max Scherzer and 3B Donny Worth to the Pirates in exchange for 2B Neil Walker and a third round pick. 10 Days later Detroit sent Drew Smyly to the Blue Jays in exchange for their first round pick in the upcoming June draft. That same day Detroit traded Octavio Dotel to his record 14 team. In exchange they got Matt Albers and a second round pick. Finally the Tigers made their third and final trade of April 21 when they received Jason Hammel from Balitmore in exchange for Jason King. A month later on May 21 the Tigers and Blue Jays were at it again. This time Austin Jackson went across the border for Travis Snyder, 2nd round pick, and 5th round pick. Almost two months went by before Detroit made another trade, this time for Rhett Wiseman, Jesus Moreno, and Kansas City’s third round pick for SP Rick Porcello. 10 Days later Detroit received Connor Jackson and Dylan Axelrod from the White Sox in exchange for 2013 6th and 7th round picks. This was the first of five trades completed on July 21, 2012 for the Tigers. The second was Daniel Schlereth to the Red Sox for Bobby Jenks, Bryce Brentz, and 2013 third round pick. Third trade was with the Houston Astros, who sent CF Jordan Schafer for Tigers SP Kevin Eichorn and SP Kevin de la Cruz. The fourth trade was with the Miami Marlins that saw former first rounder Jacob Turner and SP Andrew Oliver going to Miami for their 2012 second round pick SP Lance McQueen, 2013 second round pick and third round pick. The final trade was with the Giants who got recently acquired Neil Walker for their 2013 second round pick. The off-season started and of course Detroit was making trades on day one. Ledford’s first was acquiring SS Cliff Pennington, SP Tyson Ross, and a third round pick from Oakland for 3B Nick Castellanos and Brenny Paulino. The second trade at the winter meetings sent Phil Coke andLex Rutledge to Pittsburgh for Alex Pressley. Third trade of the day they sent OF Brennan Boesch to Toronto for Colt Cain and 2013 third and fourth round picks. The final trade of day one Ledford sent C Alex Avila to Miami for their 2013 first round pick and prospect pitcher Chad James. The next morning Detroit was busy again trading for pitcher Cliff Lee for one of their 2013 first round picks. Two weeks later Prince Fielder was traded to Milwaukee for their first round pick. Then Miguel Cabrera was sent to Texas in exchange for SP Cody Buckel, 2013 first, second, and third round picks. Finally they picked up 20 game winner Anibal Sanchez in free agency.