January 5th, 2007
If there were any lingering questions about whether the Tigers tried to re-sign Alexis Gomez, the answer was that they couldn’t. Talking with Dave Dombrowski, the road block was that because of Gomez’s situation, where the Tigers signed him back in August and then took him off the roster last month after the Rule 5 draft, the Tigers couldn’t have re-signed him until March 15. So they effectively had no shot at bringing him back.
As for Perez, he’s expected to serve as insurance and start at Triple-A. Part of his value is that he can play all three outfield spots. At this point, barring any more moves, it would be very difficult for the Tigers to fit in a reserve outfielder besides Marcus Thames, who isn’t likely to be traded.