When the Detroit Tigers introduced new closer Joe Nathan this week, the news conference quickly became about a lot more than Joe Nathan.
Dombrowski shot down reports of getting guys like Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Beltran and made it very clear that the Tigers will not be players in the free agent market for the rest of the offseason.
“We have to wait and see at the end of the offseason. This is a sign of the times; everybody’s got a budget.”
General manager Dave Dombrowski knows many people will not like this trade.
Might Dombrowski have another massive blockbuster up his sleeve? With him, it seems it is always possible.
“Rumors are going around that (the Tigers) may drop $100 million on Choo,” Valenti said on his radio program Thursday.
“They were looking for a power-hitting, middle-of-the-lineup-type bat,” Dombrowski said. “So when you looked at it it made sense from both perspectives if a deal could work out.”
With the free agents Infante, Jhonny Peralta, and Joaquin Benoit likely leaving the team, minor league prospects will most likely be asked to fill important roles for the team in 2014.
Dave Dombrowski has never been a predictable general manager.
Jim Leyland had a good run as Tigers manager.