One proposal involved the Tigers sending Matt Joyce to Tampa Bay and outfielders Wilkin Ramirez and Casper Wells to Seattle. Putz was the only player the Tigers would have received. (Contrary to what was reported in Thursday's Free Press, infielder Jeff Larish and right-hander Freddy Dolsi were not involved at that stage.)
I'm not sure what Tampa Bay would've sent to Seattle in this one (Fernando Perez?), but considering the minimal price they paid for Joyce straight up, I think I'm a bigger fan of the trade we made.