Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski met with the media today, now that the offseason has officially began. Like last year, he basically laid out his offseason plans. However, this time you have to feel like they're a bit of an understatement given that owner Mike Ilitch said about a month ago he'd like to grab a big name player or two.
Most of what Dombrowski said was pretty predictable. So it doesn't give us a lot of speculation fodder, unfortunately. But here's the rundown:
- Carlos Guillen and Magglio Ordonez probably won't be back in 2012. Of course, both were oft-injured players for the past year and a half, so no surprise.
- Jose Reyes probably won't be coming to Detroit. (John Lowe says on Twitter.) I guess you can never rule it out entirely, but I wouldn't hold my breath waiting. Jhonny Peralta will remain at shortstop.
- Demon Young will be back in Detroit in 2012. He is arbitration eligible at the least. Dombrowski does not appear set to sign him to a multi-year deal and wants to see more of him in action first. Brennan Boesch and Austin Jackson are the other two starters, as of right now.
- The fifth starter in the rotation next year is no sure thing. The Tigers would like to bring in a veteran to compete with younger pitchers like Jacob Turner and Andy Oliver. However, that fifth starter probably won't be Brad Penny. Ideally it would be a left-hander.
- The team will try to re-sign Ramon Santiago, but expects competition.
- Joel Zumaya isn't ruled out, but it would be a minor league deal.
- Second and third base are up in the air. The Tigers may platoon at one of those positions. (Eww.) They don't want an All-Star to fill them, they want role players.
- Victor Martinez is full time DH, and the Tigers will try to find a right-handed batting catcher to backup of Alex Avila.
- The Tigers feel like they have the money to get what they want this offseason.