two-turkeys-300x2242After reading about Dave Mlicki’s dreadful 2001 season, one might be curious about what kind of player the Tigers would receive in exchange for Mlicki’s “services”. It’s actually exactly what you’d expect.

Midseason 2001, the Tigers got tired of Mlicki’s awful pitching. At the same time, the Astros had become disenchanted with Jose Lima. The result was the equivalent of two people exchanging partially chewed Doritos.

At the time of the trade, our two pitchers had performed to the tune of:

IP HR/9 ERA ERA- FIP- fWAR
Mlicki 81 2.11 7.33 169 154 -0.9
Lima 54 2.04 7.30 162 127 -0.1

After the trade, each pitcher got slightly less terrible:

IP HR/9 ERA ERA- FIP- fWAR
Mlicki 86.2 1.87 5.09 113 137 -0.4
Lima 112.2 1.84 4.71 109 130 -0.2

Who won this trade? Probably nobody.

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