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Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski, in addition to having evolved into to one of the boldest "operators" in the game today, has been a GM since way back yonder in 1988, when he first helmed the dear, departed Montreal Expos. Then came a championship stint as GM of the Marlins, and then came his current role as chief architect in Detroit. Given such a tenure, it's no surprise that the 56-year-old Dombrowski has made his share of notable trades over the years.
So, partly to reflect upon Dombrowki's history of deal-making (his recent swap for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante could stand as one of the most important of the season) and partly to celebrate the crushing tide of rumors and swaps to come, let's take a quick walking tour of the 'All-Dave Dombrowski" team.
Criteria for inclusion? Simple enough: Each player must have been acquired by Dombrowski via trade during his almost quarter-century as a GM. Now, to relieve your bated breath, the unveiling ...
C - Mike Piazza (acquired: 5/14/98)
Although Piazza's stint with Dombrowski's Marlins was absurdly brief (eight days!), he stands as the greatest-hitting catcher of all-time.
1B - Miguel Cabrera (acquired: 12/4/07)
The current linchpin for Dombrowski's Tigers, Cabrera came at a cost of Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller. Cabrera has a healthy .973 OPS as a Tiger.
2B - Placido Polanco (acquired: 6/8/05)
The 15-year-vet has been a solid hitter and a plus glove man for a long, long time.
3B - Mike Lowell (acquired: 2/1/99)
Lowell tallied a career-best 32 homers during the Marlins' championship season of 2003.
SS - Carlos Guillen (acquired: 1/8/04)
While often limited by injuries, Guillen was quietly outstanding during the first half of his stay in Detroit.
OF - Gary Sheffield (acquired: 6/24/93; 11/10/06)
While he may not make it, Sheffield absolutely has the numbers for Cooperstown. Dombo liked him so much, he dealt for him twice.
OF - Cliff Floyd (acquired: 3/26/97)
Floyd was drafted on Dombrowski's watch mere months before he took the Marlins job. Almost six years later, Dombrowski swung a deal for the lefty-swinging five-tooler. While injuries sapped Floyd's substantial promise, he was at his best in Florida.
OF - Moises Alou (acquired: 8/16/90)
Alou, a six-time All-Star and career .303/.369/.516 hitter, was a very good player for a very long time. Dombrowski also signed him to a free-agent contract prior to the 1997 season.
CL - Robb Nen (acquired: 7/17/93)
Nen boasts a career ERA of 2.98 and is 17th on the all-time list with 314 saves.
SP - Mark Langston (Acquired: 5/25/89)
Langston was outstanding during his half-season-plus for the Expos. Unfortunately for Dombrowski, in order to land Langston he parted with a wild young lefty named Randy Johnson.
All names subject to change by Tuesday afternoon.