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1987 Detroit Tigers

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1986 / 1988

98-64, Finished 1st in AL East (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Sparky Anderson (98-64)
GM: Bill Lajoie, Scouting Dir: William Schudlich
Scored 896 runs, Allowed 735 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 96-66

Ballparks: Tiger Stadium · Attendance: 2,061,830 (7th of 14)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 96, Pitching - 95 · one-year: Batting - 98, Pitching - 96

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1986 / 1988 Trades and Transactions

Transactions listed are from October 1 of previous year to April 1 of the following year.

October 15, 1986

Jack Lazorko granted Free Agency.

Scotti Madison granted Free Agency.

Bill Scherrer granted Free Agency.

Released Bill Campbell.

Released Jim Slaton.

October 16, 1986

Released Dave Collins.

November 12, 1986

Jack Morris granted Free Agency.

Lance Parrish granted Free Agency.

Released Larry Herndon.

December 8, 1986

Signed Larry Herndon as a free agent.

December 19, 1986

Signed Jack Morris as a free agent.

December 20, 1986

Released Darrell Evans.

January 27, 1987

Traded Chuck Cary and Randy O'Neal to the Atlanta Braves. Received Freddy Tiburcio (minors) and Terry Harper.

February 2, 1987

Signed Nate Snell as a free agent.

February 4, 1987

Signed Bill Laskey as a free agent.

Signed Mike Stenhouse as a free agent.

February 24, 1987

Signed Darrell Evans as a free agent.

March 23, 1987

Released Brian Harper.

March 24, 1987

Traded Dario Guzman (minors) to the Texas Rangers. Received Orlando Mercado.

May 5, 1987 (Standings)

Traded Orlando Mercado to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Received Balvino Galvez.

June 2, 1987 (Standings)

Drafted Steve Pegues in the 1st round (21st pick) of the 1987 amateur draft. Player signed June 3, 1987.

Drafted Travis Fryman in the 1st round (30th pick) of the 1987 amateur draft. Player signed June 6, 1987.

Drafted Rob Richie in the 2nd round of the 1987 amateur draft.

Drafted Riccardo Ingram in the 4th round of the 1987 amateur draft. Player signed May 22, 1988.

Drafted Torey Lovullo in the 5th round of the 1987 amateur draft. Player signed June 7, 1987.

Drafted Derek Lee in the 8th round of the 1987 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

Drafted Mike Schwabe in the 21st round of the 1987 amateur draft.

Drafted Rusty Meacham in the 33rd round of the 1987 amateur draft. Player signed May 11, 1988.

June 4, 1987 (Standings)

Signed Bill Madlock as a free agent.

June 7, 1987 (Standings)

Signed Rudy Pemberton as an amateur free agent.

June 18, 1987 (Standings)

Purchased Ron Meridith from the Texas Rangers.

June 22, 1987 (Standings)

Traded Bryan Kelly to the Seattle Mariners. Received Karl Best.

June 26, 1987 (Standings)

Traded Terry Harper to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Received Pete Rice (minors) and Shawn Holman.

June 30, 1987 (Standings)

Sold John Pacella to Yokohama Bay Stars (Japan Central).

August 7, 1987 (Standings)

Traded a player to be named later and Darnell Coles to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Received Jim Morrison. The Detroit Tigers sent Morris Madden (August 12, 1987) to the Pittsburgh Pirates to complete the trade.

August 12, 1987 (Standings)

Traded John Smoltz to the Atlanta Braves. Received Doyle Alexander.

September 7, 1987 (Standings)

Signed John Kiely as an amateur free agent.

September 22, 1987 (Standings)

Received Dickie Noles as a loan from the Chicago Cubs.

October 5, 1987 (Standings)

Traded Bruce Fields to the Seattle Mariners. Received Stan Clarke.

October 15, 1987 (Standings)

Tim Tolman granted Free Agency.

October 16, 1987

Released Johnny Grubb.

Released Dwight Lowry.

Released Nate Snell.

October 23, 1987

Dickie Noles returned to the Chicago Cubs as part of earlier loan.

November 9, 1987

Mike Heath granted Free Agency.

Bill Madlock granted Free Agency.

Jack Morris granted Free Agency.

Frank Tanana granted Free Agency.

Released Larry Herndon.

November 15, 1987

Bill Laskey granted Free Agency.

December 1, 1987

Signed Mike Heath as a free agent.

December 5, 1987

Traded Dan Petry to the California Angels. Received Gary Pettis.

December 7, 1987

Drafted John Wetteland from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1987 rule 5 draft.

December 8, 1987

Signed Dave Beard as a free agent.

December 14, 1987

Signed Larry Herndon as a free agent.

December 29, 1987

Signed Jack Morris as a free agent.

December 30, 1987

Signed Mike Brown as a free agent.

January 22, 1988

Tom Brookens granted Free Agency.

Kirk Gibson granted Free Agency.

February 9, 1988

Signed Tom Brookens as a free agent.

February 17, 1988

Signed Frank Tanana as a free agent.

February 20, 1988

Signed Luis Salazar as a free agent.

February 24, 1988

Traded Doug Baker to the Minnesota Twins. Received Julius McDougal (minors).

February 27, 1988

Traded Mark Thurmond to the Baltimore Orioles. Received Ray Knight.

March 23, 1988

Signed Mark Huismann as a free agent.

March 24, 1988

Traded Balvino Galvez to the Minnesota Twins. Received Billy Beane.

March 28, 1988

Traded Karl Best to the Minnesota Twins. Received Don Schulze.

March 29, 1988

Returned John Wetteland (earlier draft pick) to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

March 31, 1988

Signed Mike Trujillo as a free agent.

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