Detroit Tigers: Remembering a few of Al Avila’s worst trades

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Detroit Tigers acquire Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara, and Jose King from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for J.D. Martinez.

Yeah, this is the big one.

It needs almost no explanation. J.D. Martinez hit 29 home runs in his half-season with Arizona, and he had a 1.107 OPS at that time. Martinez was a massive piece in Arizona’s 2017 playoff run.

Dawel Lugo posted a -1.1 bWAR in his Tigers tenure. He was worth less than nothing on both offense and defense. Sergio Alcantara’s bat was even more worthless, but his glove made him viable until he was released. Jose King is 22 and has yet to play above single-A.

It’s hard to think of a worse outcome from this trade. They received negative value for one of the biggest impact bats in the league, and this will likely forever cement itself as the worst trade in Al Avila’s career.

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Avila’s had his fair share of good trades, acquiring current top bat Jeimer Candelario and prospect Isaac Paredes for a half-season of Alex Avila and Justin Wilson. Further, if the Tucker Barnhart trade is any indication, the Tigers are in good hands for the next couple of years.