Nearly three years ago, the Detroit Tigers pulled off a huge blockbuster with the Florida Marlins where they landed All-Star Miguel Cabrera and lefty-handed starter Dontrelle Willis in exchange for five players, headlined by highly regarded young players in outfielder Cameron Maybin and lefty Andrew Miller.

Three years later, Detroit has clearly been on the winning side of the trade. That was evidenced further by the Marlins recently parting ways with the big pieces of that deal in back-to-back days. Last Friday, Florida traded Miller to the Red Sox for another left-handed pitcher. The following day, they shipped Maybin to San Diego.

While the Tigers gave up on Willis when they designated him for assignment in May and ultimately traded him to Arizona, Cabrera has been as advertised and is one of the most feared hitters in the American League. He had led the AL in home runs, and this year was the leader in RBIs and is very much in contention to be named the Most Valuable Player next week.

Others in the deal that went to the Marlins were Mike Rabelo, Eulogio De La Cruz, Dallas Trahern and Burke Badenhop.

Here is a look at the parties involved in the deal and where they are at. Only Cabrera and Badenhop are with their teams still.

Detroit acquisitions

CABRERA – First baseman has hit at least 34 homers and 103 RBIs in each of his three seasons with the Tigers. Hit .328 with career-high 38 HRs and AL-best 126 RBIs

WILLIS – Was 1-2 with 4.98 ERA in nine games with Detroit (eight starts) and issued an average of six walks through nine innings before being traded to Arizona in May

Florida acquisitions

BADENHOP –  has been in majors for Florida each of past three years. The righty reliever went 2-5 with 3.99 ERA in 53 games.

DE LA CRUZ – wasn’t in the majors in 23010. Pitched for Padres in 2009.

MAYBIN – Outfielder hit .234 with 28 RBis and nine steals in 82 games

MILLER – Was 1-5 with 8.54 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 9 games (7 starts) with Marlins

RABELO – Catcher was back in Detroit’s minor league system. he played in 10 games at Toledo and  hit .143 this year

TRAHERN – never made it to majors with Florida. Pitched at Triple-A New Orleans in 2009.

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