April 21st, 2009
It’s very rare that Dombrowski will delve into trade rumors unless they’re wrong enough that he wants to shoot them down. Well, when he was asked before the game if he wanted to comment on the speculation that the Tigers could trade Miguel Cabrera because they might not be able to afford them, Dombrowski pounced to shoot them down.
“I think it’s absurd, absolutely absurd,” Dombrowski said. “We have no interest in trading Miguel Cabrera. We have had no talks regarding Miguel Cabrera. Not only is it one of the last things we would ever consider, we have an owner who would never let that happen. This is our core player who’s our foundation.”
The speculation came from ESPN over the weekend. Dombrowski said he heard it twice, and it made him upset because of what Cabrera might think. So he wanted to stop the speculation in its tracks. He said that season ticket sales aren’t nearly as bad as people are speculating, middle of the pack among Major League teams, and not far off from their levels in 2007, and that owner Mike Ilitch has a proven track record of building teams around star players.
“There’s nothing that can happen this year that’s going to make us think about trading Miguel Cabrera,” Dombrowski said.
Seems like there's a doubleheader against the White Sox every year (the last two years in Chicago), and the streak will live on, this time in Detroit. Last Tuesday's rainout will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Friday, July 24. The makeup game will be at 1:05 p.m., with the regular game still at 7:05.