Cobb, a tumultuous individual, had gotten into a fight with a black groundskeeper and his wife and then with Tigers catcher Charles “Boss” Schmidt just the season before the deal. The proposed trade, which would have swapped the two future Hall of Famers, did not come to fruition. With just two years under his belt in the Majors, Cobb would hit .350 as a 20-year-old in 1907 in his first of nine straight seasons leading the American League in hitting and 12 in a 13-year span.
Flick was coming off of a strong season when he led the AL in games played (157), plate appearances (700), at bats (624), runs scored (98), triples (22), and stolen bases (39). The 31-year-old batted .302 for the Naps in 1907 in his last full season with the club. Over his final three seasons with Cleveland, he would play nine, 66, and 24 games respectively before spending a pair of seasons in the minors in Toledo.