Why wouldn't you cheat?
In 2012, the Tigers should have cheated. The penalties that MLB handed down amount to a slap on the wrist for the organization. A $5 million dollar fine is nothing for MLB teams (I read somewhere that the Astros would have paid around $7 million in bonuses to those lost draft picks), especially after all the extra revenue from WS merchandise. The loss of draft picks...not a huge deterrent. And if you are the team owner, losing your manager and GM isn't that harsh in exchange for a world series title. You get to keep the banner, the trophies, the rings....
I don't know if the Tigers would have won the series, but it wouldn't have hurt their chances. I do know they didn't win the world series as things turned out. So DD and Leyland get fired a few years later. They would have lost 2 years of 1st round draft picks. Technically be the 15 and 16 seasons, but I put down 14 and 17 too. The team sucks anyway, would the organization been in any worse shape without any of these guys? Gladly trade away all these guys, get rid of Leyland and DD and a $5 million dollar fine to win the WS.
2014 draft picks Derek Hill, Spencer Turnbull
2015 draft picks, Beau Burrows, Christin Stewart
2016 Matt Manning, forfeited for Zimmerman.
2017 Alex Faedo, Reynaldo Rivera
It's like the guy that steals $50 million dollars, gets to keep it but has to pay a $5 million dollar fine.