The Doyle Alexander for John Smoltz trade is one of the more infamous trades in the Tigers history. In a late season trade, the veteran Alexander was shipped to Detroit for prospect John Smoltz. Alexander did his job and was awesome in his eleven starts for Detroit (9-0, 3.9 WAR) and in hindsight it’s safe to the say that the Tigers probably wouldn’t have made the playoffs if they hadn’t made the trade. Of course Alexander didn’t do much after that and John Smoltz went on to have a Hall of Fame career for the Braves.
I still defend the trade because it did what the Tigers set out to accomplish. Now the Baseball Reference blog is soliciting answers to the question of “What if the Braves didn’t trade Alexander for Smoltz?”. There’s some interesting feedback and it’s worth the read.