In 2002, Dave Dombrowski took over a Tigers team that hadn't had a winning season in eight years. After a relatively brief rebuilding period, the Tigers broke through with a 95-win season and an American League championship. Since then, Dombrowski has assembled teams that averaged 88 wins per season, and have won the AL Central four years in a row. He also acquired, through various means, the recipients of three MVP Awards and two Cy Young Awards between 2011 and 2013. Although, as of yet, Dombrowski has failed in the ultimate goal of winning the World Series.
In the more recent past, Dombrowski has been battling a tight budget while constructing the 2015 roster. The offseason began with a bang as the team traded their top prospect for Anthony Gose, and announced the signing of Victor Martinez the next day. Although, one could argue that the 2015 team began being assembled back in July, when David Price was acquired at the trade deadline in part to replace the impending loss of Max Scherzer.
Dombrowski also acquired Shane Greene, Yoenis Cespedes, and Alfredo Simon over the winter, along with a slew of less significant additions, including relievers Tom Gorzelanny and Joel Hanrahan.
With the vast majority of offseason moves completed throughout the league, Dombrowski has maneuvered the Tigers into a great, albeit familiar, position. They will enter spring training as the favorites to win the division yet again, which would be their fifth consecutive AL Central crown.
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