By Ashley Dunkak
COMERICA PARK (CBS DETROIT) – Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Sunday that the team can win with its current bullpen.
“It’s always a focus on what you don’t have,” Dombrowski said. “There’s some inconsistencies with some of the guys, but they’re very talented. We’ll see what happens. I’m not ready to make any proclamations.”
Dombrowski seemed particularly unmoved about the idea of trading for a closer, which is a role the Tigers have been filling with reliever Joaquin Benoit, who did not start the season at that position but who is now 10 for 10 in save opportunities.
“We feel very comfortable in the ninth and eighth innings with Benoit and [Drew] Smyly,” Dombrowski said. “I don’t know where you’re really going to go out and improve that significantly. Now can you get better – we’re very young in our bullpen right now. Talented, but we’re young. That’s really where I guess I’d leave it at this point. We have some guys, and I think that some of them could end up being very good for us. Some days they’re very, very good, and some days, they’re not quite as good.”
As far as players the Tigers would be willing to trade away, Avisail Garcia, Nick Castellanos, Hernan Perez, Bruce Rondon and Smyly are unlikely to be moved.
“Those are five young guys that are helping us or very close to helping us that have a chance to be really good players,” Dombrowski said, “and so you want to try to [ask] how do you blend them in?”
The bottom line was that Dombrowski had no intention of sharing his plans for the upcoming July 31 trade deadline.
“I specifically know what I’m looking for,” he said. “We’re not looking for a first baseman or third baseman. There’s certain guys that we’re looking for. I’m not going to come out and say what that is.”