Perhaps it was due to short-sighted moves like surrendering top draft choices for one-dimensional free-agent sluggers.

2010: The Tigers agree to terms with free agent reliever Jose Valverde, who played for the Houston Astros last season. As a result of the signing, the Tigers will give up their first pick in the 2010 amateur draft, the first time the team has surrendered its top pick since signing Rob Deer as a free agent in 1991.

— Baseball-Reference.com