February 6th, 2009
Talking with GM Dave Dombrowski Friday, he did not want to put a specific level of probability on Porcello making the team:
“I don’t know that I can draw any summation,” Dombrowski said. “He’s out of A-ball. It’s not really most likely, but that’s why you go to spring training and you see what happens. It’s not likely. It’s not highly unlikely.”
The one condition Dombrowski did put on it is that Porcello will not make the team as a reliever. He will work as a starter, whether it’s in Detroit or at Erie or at Toledo.
WXYT had Dave Dombrowski on its Tiger Talk program Thursday night. Most of the interview repeated some of the same insights he had during TigerFest (albeit with a healthier voice this time), but there were a couple quotes to note.
First, he did not completely eliminate the idea of Rick Porcello making the club this spring. He essentially put him in the same group as Ryan Perry. At the same time, he said it depends a lot of how other pitchers in camp perform.
“A lot of people in our Minor League system that know Porcello feel that if he goes out there and he gets the ball every five days in Spring Training, which he will, that he will end up being one of our five best pitchers and in our rotation come the end of spring,” Dombrowski said. “I’m not ready to make that proclamation, but it tells you how highly regarded he is. And he not only has good stuff, he’s mature beyond his years. He’s a very intelligent individual, hard working. He’s a guy on the mound at a young age that knows how to think through situations and just does not throw harder, which is something that’s very difficult to teach. He’s a quality talent and I’ll be interested to see how he progresses this spring myself.”
Asked how the chances of Porcello and/or Perry making the club, Dombrowski said, “Time will tell. We’re not afraid to make that jump. I think a lot depends on not only how they pitch, but how other people on our staff throw. It’ll be interesting to watch the progress with those two guys.”
He also took care of the question fans ask every so often, about why the Tigers wouldn’t make a run at Manny Ramirez:
“When you look at it, there’s no question that Manny can swing the bat. But we’re in a position where first of all, we still think our offense is very good. We’re in a spot where we have spent a lot of money in the past, so we have really pushed our limits in that regard. Offense has not been our focus. If we were ever going to go out to make a big splash, I think it would’ve been on the pitching front. So for us, it just is a spot where to spend those type of dollars just does not make sense for us in our situation at this time.”