Many times in athletics, ascending to the top of the mountain can take a lot out of individual players and a team as a whole. One team very familiar with that exact scenario is the 1985 Detroit Tigers. That team was charged with the monumental task of defending its title in a very competitive American League East.
The Detroit Tigers have made some good trades over the years. Miguel Cabrera was acquired from the Marlins, Norm Cash from the Indians and Placido Polanco from the Phillies, just to name a few.
Yet, there is one deal that is hardly ever mentioned when evaluating the best trades in club history.