Four months into a brutal 2017 season, on their way to 98 losses and a third straight year missing the playoffs, the Tigers finally took the drastic steps they probably should have taken far earlier. Starting in July, they traded outfielders J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton, lefty reliever Justin Wilson and, finally, ace Justin Verlander, signaling the start of a long-needed rebuild to begin getting out from under the excesses of the previous era.
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