Dombrowski On Tigers’ DH Options

Representatives for free agent hitters have started calling the Tigers, who will probably play the 2012 season without one of their top offensive players. But general manager Dave Dombrowski is still digesting the news that Victor Martinez is likely out for the season with a torn ACL, and he doesn't feel the need to rush the team's next move. The GM points to the 2011 Cardinals, who lost Adam Wainwright in Spring Training but won the World Series.

"You need to be resilient," Dombrowski said on a conference call with reporters. "After you feel sorry for yourself for a day you move on, you look at all your alternatives."

If the Tigers add a bat, it would most likely be a short-term addition, Dombrowski said. The club could maneuver from within, but that would mean using Jhonny Peralta, Alex Avila or an outfielder at DH on occasion — not shifting Miguel Cabrera to third base and pursuing a first baseman. Dombrowski declined to comment on specific players, but Johnny DamonManny Ramirez and Vladimir Guerrero are among the available free agent designated hitters.

As for Martinez, he injured his left knee late last week while doing a side to side shuffling exercise. The Tigers expect him to recover fully if he undergoes surgery, as expected. The possibility exists that he could return late in the 2012 season, but that would be a bonus, rather than anything Dombrowski and manager Jim Leyland will count on.

Martinez signed a four-year, $50MM contract with the Tigers last offseason and posted a .330/.380/.470 line in his first season in Detroit. Though Martinez appeared in 26 games at catcher last year, the Tigers hadn't planned to rely on him behind the plate in 2012.


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106 Comments on "Dombrowski On Tigers’ DH Options"


melonis_rex
3 years 6 months ago

Manny Ramirez. Yes.

BrocNessMonster
3 years 6 months ago

Carlos Pena

jb226
3 years 6 months ago

I wonder if this makes them more or less likely to pursue a Garza trade.  Obviously they just lost offense and they may prefer to replace that, but there is always the argument that a strong pitching staff reduces the need for that offense (see: 2010 Giants).

onemanwolfpack
3 years 6 months ago

yeah trade for garza and soriano to take over the DH spot….good moves for the tigers

3 years 6 months ago

Who are you going to trade for those two?  And are the Tigers going to pick up a lot of the contract for Soriano?

onemanwolfpack
3 years 6 months ago

the cubs said they would eat 40+ mill of his contract…..for 3 or 4 mill a year who wouldn’t anyone take him for that and just let him DH.

Njriv
3 years 6 months ago

no the cubs will eat the majority of the contract. In return would probably Jacob Turner and/or Nick Castellanos

3 years 6 months ago

What would it take to get Michael Young out of Texas?  If Texas signs Fielder, there aren’t enough ABs for Young, Fielder, Napoli, Kinsler, Andrus and Beltran…

Devon Henry
3 years 6 months ago

Yeh I have always thought that Michael Young would be a perfect fit for the Tigers considering: Young is a high AVG guy with good defense, Comerica park is definetely not a hitters park, and the Tigers desperately need a 3B. Young also prefers not to DH.

unnamedsource
3 years 6 months ago

Young does not play good defense.

3 years 6 months ago

 umm. Young is a multi-Gold Glover. very good defender. Won GG’s at SS and 3B.

unnamedsource
3 years 6 months ago

We obviously have a different opinion of the value of a gold glove as an indicator of good defense. And that’s okay…

unnamedsource
3 years 6 months ago

We obviously have a different opinion of the value of a gold glove as an indicator of good defense. And that’s okay…

BrocNessMonster
3 years 6 months ago

Andre Ethier won a gold glove last year, but he’s an awful defender. GGs don’t mean ANYTHING.

BrocNessMonster
3 years 6 months ago

Andre Ethier won a gold glove last year, but he’s an awful defender. GGs don’t mean ANYTHING.

Motor_City_Bombshell
3 years 6 months ago

Derek Jeter won a GG two years ago, riddle me how he won THAT. Wasn’t because of his defense.

3 years 6 months ago

I am NOT knocking my guy MY10, but just correcting you lol. He won his only Gold Glove in ’08 at SS.

He plays decent defense, but has fallen off since then. You get spoiled after watching Adrian Beltre for even a season though lol. He’s incredible to see in action.

verlander
3 years 6 months ago

Michael Young is an atrocious defender.

3 years 6 months ago

High average, good defense.  Doesn’t that make him a good fit for every team?

3 years 6 months ago

It would take Miguel Cabrera.

BrocNessMonster
3 years 6 months ago

OH YEAH?

BrocNessMonster
3 years 6 months ago

OH YEAH?

3 years 6 months ago

It would take Miguel Cabrera.

Motor_City_Bombshell
3 years 6 months ago

Uh, you’re delusional.

3 years 6 months ago

Luckily, we don’t have to worry about giving Beltran at-bats because he’s not on our team.

There isn’t anything on the Tigers current roster that they would trade or that we could trade them for Young. It would probably take major league ready prospects.

3 years 6 months ago

Luckily, we don’t have to worry about giving Beltran at-bats because he’s not on our team.

There isn’t anything on the Tigers current roster that they would trade or that we could trade them for Young. It would probably take major league ready prospects.

Devon Henry
3 years 6 months ago

I dont think Pena is the answer. A low AVG high HR guy in Comerica Park good luck with that. Id say Manny, Vlad, or Damon if they are going to sign anybody. (Cespedes would also work by moving Young to DH)

RationalSportsFan
3 years 6 months ago

Don’t ignore Pena’s walks.  Those carry over in any stadium he plays in.  Adding in his defense (could at least split time with Miggy at 1B), and Pena is a much better option than Manny, Vlad, or Damon.

verlander
3 years 6 months ago

Peña showed power when he was with the Tigers. 

Also, Comerica isn’t as extreme a pitchers’ park as people make it out to be.

3 years 6 months ago

The Tigers are better off signing a guy they can play in left or at 2B rather than a full time DH/1B.  They already have 2 DH types in the field (Raburn and Young).  Signing a 2B/LF would probably strengthen the club more than a Pena or Kotchman would.  Too bad we can’t travel back in time and sign Crisp or DeJesus…

Pawsdeep
3 years 6 months ago

Cue Cespedes.

Evan
3 years 6 months ago

cue large mistake

Stuart Brown
3 years 6 months ago

Would make for an interesting scenario. DH Young and put Cespedes in LF. I’m not entirely sold on Cespedes, but it seems a valid option.

nm344
3 years 6 months ago

Raul Ibanez anyone?

inleylandwetrust
3 years 6 months ago

Sign Cespedes and move Delmon to DH. Solves LF for the next couple years and Vmart can take DH over again when Delmon is gone the following season. 

tigers22
3 years 6 months ago

This is the most logical option.  Landing Cespedes is easier said than done though. 

Evan
3 years 6 months ago

no we need a hitter.  cespedes can’t hit.

verlander
3 years 6 months ago

I wouldn’t be able to hit either if I had the kind of layoff Cespedes had. We should let him get his timing back before we make judgments about whether or not he can hit. 

Sniderlover
3 years 6 months ago

Well, there are legit questions about his hit tool. You can’t go from facing weak inferior pitching where ever he has played and immediately go to MLB and start hitting well. Even if he had a plus hit tool, I think he would need some time in the minors to adjust but he doesn’t so he should definitely start in the minors and work his way up or else he will really struggle in the bigs. 

Leonard Washington
3 years 6 months ago

I bet the DH’s of the league are soooo pumped now. If I was Detroit I would go with Damon. Gives them a little more speed, a left fielder/DH, reasonable power, and a reasonably patient bat.

Evan
3 years 6 months ago

he can’t play left field and has no power. 

Leonard Washington
3 years 6 months ago

He can prob play LF every so often and hit 16HR last year.

verlander
3 years 6 months ago

Damon’s power disappeared when he was a Tiger. Can’t see that happening again.

Leonard Washington
3 years 6 months ago

Your right it did disappear when he was a Tiger, but last year it seemed to come back a bit. Because he hit 16 out with Tampa Bay. Before that one season in Detroit Damon had always gotten a reasonable amount of HR going way back. I wouldn’t bet against that one season being the exception and not the rule for him. Guy can still hit, get on base, steal a few, and be a nice addition to a clubhouse. Their might be better options out there but he can do a lot for Detroit.

Pawsdeep
3 years 6 months ago

I’d love to see them try Maglio out as the DH. He came around atthe end of the year and not putting him in the OF means his ankle won’t disintegrate.

tigers22
3 years 6 months ago

I would not love this at all. 

verlander
3 years 6 months ago

I’d consider Maggs before going after guys like Vlad, Manny, Damon and Juan Pierre. But he is definitely not my first choice. I’d worry about his ankle/age.

3 years 6 months ago

And please don’t say Prince (begin typing “Prince” into your reply now).  Even if he would accept a 1 year deal, would the Tigers give up their first rounder for one year at $30MM of Prince?

RestoreTheRoar
3 years 6 months ago

I thought the new player’s contract got rid of the rule where a team loses its draft pick when they sign someone offered arbitration..?

The new rule I believe is the other team gets a sandwich pick, but its not pulled from the new team.

joeybw
3 years 6 months ago

Plenty of guys who can sit at DH and hit the ball hard, just leave Carlos Pena for the Rays, please.

3 years 6 months ago

Carlos Lee.  Production close to V-Mart in 2011, should be relatively cheap if the Astros eat salary, flexible DH/OF/1B can spell people on rest days or for platoon problems.

3 years 6 months ago

I would consider this.  I’m not sure how his “D” compares to Delmon’s, but his “O” is pretty good.  Maybe Houston can eat the salary of Lee and Wandy and ship them both to Detroit…

Paul Shailor
3 years 6 months ago

Give the rangers whatever it takes for Michael Young.

LanceKlein
3 years 6 months ago

Cabrera for Young…

3 years 6 months ago

I don’t think the Rangers would trade Young within the AL anyway.

3 years 6 months ago

Kendrys Morales?

tigers22
3 years 6 months ago

If we can’t get Cespedes… Pena on a 1 year deal would be my choice.  Despite the average, a lefty with power who draws walks and has a decent OBP would be a good move at this point. 

3 years 6 months ago

Hard to call.  After all, Spring Training is still a ways away as is the season.  Would a left hitter or RHB make more sense?  If a LHB, then Pena or Damon; if right, the Guerrero.  If not, a trade may work, but do the Tigers want to give up a top prospect for a filler?  Micheal Young would require a top prospect and he is 35, and no way Texas deals him for less.

Dombrowski might wait to see about Fielder, where he signs.  That may, only may, open doors for a trade.  Maybe this then: Sign Pena, trade him to Baltimore for Guthrie, sign Guerrero.  Nah, never happen.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 6 months ago

I really hope we don’t sign Vlad. He’s nothing more than a nice name at this point.

kmborek
3 years 6 months ago

I think they should try and trade for Bobby Abreu. LAA need to move someone from their huge logjam at OF/1B/DH so it shouldnt be tough to get him, and he already has said he’d be open to a trade. He’s a similar type of player to VMart, but is a way better baserunner, something the Tigers severely lack.

Being Venezualan and especially a native Spanish speaker also would presumably make him a good fit in the clubhouse, and his contract expires after the season so he’d fit the Tigers “short-term fix” guidelines. Also it’s probably more than reaching but Comerica was where he went off in the HR derby, so perhaps he feels comfortable hitting there.

Stuart Brown
3 years 6 months ago

Makes sense to me. It would give the Angels the option to DH Morales/Trumbo or put them in the OF while Wells and Hunter DH.

Abreu’s really the odd man out it seems, despite being a superior hitter to Trumbo and Wells.

Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 6 months ago

Abreu may be the one he seems like he wouldnt take a whole lot and could be a effective DH

stymeedone
3 years 6 months ago

The Angels need his lefty bat. They wont move him.

verlander
3 years 6 months ago

Signing Carlos Peña makes sense to me. 

unnamedsource
3 years 6 months ago

Still, I’d be happy to see Fielder with the Rangers and trade either Young or Moreland to the Tigers.

…in response to Devon Henry above.