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Detroit Tigers' GM Dave Dombrowski's Serious Error

12/11/2013 01:13 pm ET | Updated Feb 10, 2014

Here are two players' 2011-13 combined stats:

*3.15 ERA, 124 ERA+, 1.14 WHIP and 3.37 K/BB
*3.30 ERA, 124 ERA+, 1.18 WHIP and 3.75 K/BB

One of these players, who only had two years of team control left, netted Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi. The other one, who also currently has two years of team control left, only netted Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Krol and Robbie Ray.

Does it really matter who is James Shields or Doug Fister?

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Correction: In an earlier version of this post, the author incorrectly spelled Jake Odorizzi's name.