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The Tigers might be in the market for another outfielder

Nov 17, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

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The Tigers finalized a two-year, $26 million contract with Torii Hunter yesterday, but they might not be done shopping for outfielders.

While Hunter is expected to be the regular right fielder next season, left field isn’t nearly as settled. The most likely approach is a platoon, but Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told Jason Beck of that he would prefer to see top prospects Nick Castellanos and Avisail Garcia play everyday as opposed to being on the weak side of a platoon with Andy Dirks. Quintin Berry and Brennan Boesch are both left-handed, so Dombrowski will likely explore the free agent market for righty bats.

“I don’t really know which way we’ll take that,” he said. “We have our own internal debates if [Andy] Dirks is an everyday player. He hit right-handed pitching very well last year, which is the majority of pitching you face. However, we’re also in a spot with the young guys, [Nick] Castellanos and [Avisail] Garcia, you don’t want them to come in here and play 40 games versus left-handed pitching.

“My instinct,” Dombrowski continued, “is that we would add somebody that could hit from the right-hand side that, if those guys don’t make it, could go out there and play with Dirks. But we’ll wait and see.”

Scott Hairston and Jonny Gomes stand out among right-handed hitting mashers, but they are believed to be looking for multi-year contracts. Adding a veteran like Andruw Jones or Reed Johnson could make some sense.

  1. pisano - Nov 17, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Yeah, add Andruw Jones, he’ll lay an egg for you, the guy is finished.

  2. cackalackyank - Nov 17, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    I would be thrilled to to see Andruw Jones get signed…BY ANYONE BUT THE YANKEES.

  3. weaselpuppy - Nov 17, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    flip Boesch for Ryan Roberts

    • historiophiliac - Nov 17, 2012 at 7:21 PM

      not really an upgrade for us (and older)…How about Stanton instead? :) No, thanks, on Andruw Jones.

      • weaselpuppy - Nov 18, 2012 at 1:45 AM

        Roberts allows them to not carry both Worth and Santiago, allowing for Berry to be the 5th OF/PR/PH, infinitely more valuable than WorthLess or a $2m 33 yr old reserve infielder, both of whom were .550 OPS yet got 350 PA,s, with Raburn (.480) and Kelly (.520) getting another 350 PAs…Roberts can allow Infante to go to SS fulltime if Jhonny gets hit by a road paver (yeah, he’s that slow) or he can play 3b if something happens to Miggy.

        He’s a great Swiss army knife, far better than Kelly and we can’t use Boesch…he could platoon with Ben Francisco in TB in the newly vacated LF…. Roberts + Berry >>>>>>>>Worth+Kelly

      • historiophiliac - Nov 18, 2012 at 9:55 AM

        What I got from the article was that the platoon would consist of Garcia & Castellanos as lefties & Dirks & a player to be acquired would be the righties. Kelly is a free agent and they are not bringing him back. Since Berry & Boesch are lefties, they would be replaced w/ Garcia & Castellanos. Worth and Dirks as the righty combo would be weak, though, so they want to replace Worth — and ideally w/ someone better than Dirks (so he becomes the back-up righty, since they aren’t sure if he’s an every day player). Dirks hit .322 w/ an OPS of .702 this season. Roberts hit .235 w/ an OPS of .656. So, I’m not thinking that’s the guy.

  4. Kevin Gillman - Nov 18, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    The Tigers are a better team with Quintan Berry playing LF, he proved that this season.

    • caseyo4 - Nov 18, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      You didn’t pay that close attention I guess…

      • Kevin Gillman - Nov 18, 2012 at 7:57 PM

        Actually I did, I saw enough Tiger games to see he was part of that spark plug, both defensively, and he did enough offensively that he never was sent down to Toledo when Austin Jackson came back. Plus with that offense at full health, you don’t need an outfielder to do much in terms of power numbers, just get good at bats, and find ways to get on base. Quintan can do that.

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