Dombrowski On Avila, Pudge, V-Mart

Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski joined Jim Bowden and Casey Stern of MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM this afternoon.  Here are a few highlights from Dombrowski's appearance…

  • When asked about signing Alex Avila to a multiyear contract, Dombrowski hinted that the team will wait until the offseason before deciding about extensions for the Tigers' young stars.  "We've got a lot of guys who are in that two-to-three year [of service time] group.  You need to look at your whole group and see how things fit.  You're probably talking about a lot of guys that warrant those type of long-term deals," Dombrowski said, citing Avila along with Brennan Boesch, Doug Fister, Austin Jackson, Rick Porcello and Max Scherzer.  "For us right now we're in a situation where we're very comfortable to go throughout the year and we can address those situations as we approach the wintertime."
  • The recently-retired Ivan Rodriguez holds "a special place in the hearts" of the Tigers front office.  Rodriguez signed with the Tigers in the 2003-04 offseason, going from the World Series champion Marlins to a Detroit team coming off an AL-record 119 losses.  Dombrowski credits the Rodriguez signing as the first move that helped return the club to respectability. 
  • From Bowden's Twitter account, Dombrowski said that Victor Martinez could possibly return to action in August or September based on his latest medicals.  Martinez suffered a torn ACL in January that was expected to cost him the entire 2012 season, and also spurred the Tigers' acquisition of Prince Fielder.

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8 Comments on "Dombrowski On Avila, Pudge, V-Mart"

3 years 4 months ago

The Tigers will have a monster line up next year with V-Mart. The Sox made a big mistake letting him and Beltre go. Youk looks to be a shell of what he used to be. The Sox wish they had Beltre at third.

3 years 4 months ago

Imagine V-mart in the 5 hole DHing come late Aug, early Sept.

Richard Ellard
3 years 4 months ago

Imagine TY that with him coming back he will not bat 5th this season! Did you see how maggs played when he came back from a broken leg? Now I do think it will be great but my expectations are very low for this year to see very much out of him, but next season could be exceptional!!!!

3 years 4 months ago

I think I’d prefer him in the 2 hole. He gets on base a lot more than Boesch, and Boesch’s added power would be more useful behind the big boys. (Cabrera, Fielder, and Avila are on-base machines)

3 years 4 months ago

You do realize that batting him two would make him have to be the dude running the bases when Miguel is up batting, right? Good luck getting him to score off second with an opposite field hit.

3 years 4 months ago

Get Verlander locked up first and foremost. I know he has years left, but still. 

Sam Froomkin
3 years 4 months ago

 I only kind of agree.  When JV’s contract is up, he’ll be 32.  I’m a little worried about giving him in excess of 5 years.

Dulaine Harris
3 years 3 months ago

Vmart-between Cabrera and Fielder, he can score Cabby and Prince can score him.