Follow-up on Huff trade
To go over some quick nuggets from the Huff press conference earlier:
Dombrowski confirmed the Tigers had interest in him for quite a while. However, he said they were not close to getting him prior to the July 31 nonwaiver deadline. It’s believed the asking price changed drastically from July to now, from number of prospects to ranking of them.
How is he going to be used? Good question. As I wrote in the article, the Tigers cited his capability to play 1B, 3B and LF. Obviously, he isn’t going to be the regular at first or third, and Guillen is currently rooted at DH until and unless he can play 3B or LF. And since they’re LH hitters, they’re pretty much going to be in the lineup on the same days. Could that leave LF? Wherever he plays, he will be in the lineup a lot, according to Dombrowski.
Where will he hit in the lineup? Not sure. If he hits third, the Tigers can keep going L-R-L-R-L-R through the top two-thirds of their order. Some of that, though, might depend on what position he plays and who he displaces.
The Tigers still have to announce their roster move to make room for Huff on the 25-man roster. However, Dombrowski confirmed, it will NOT involve Magglio Ordonez. With Magglio now less than 90 plate appearances away from having his $18 million contract option vest for next season, it appears the Tigers are willing to keep going with him now that he’s producing more than he had. Still obviously not at previous levels, but better than their other options at this point.
UPDATE: Almost forgot to mention that while Dombrowski didn’t eliminate the possibility of another deal, he said he doesn’t have anything else going on.
“I don’t have any other [deal] that I’m working on right now,” Dombrowski said. “But we still have six weeks to go in the season. We’re trying to do anything we can to win within reason. Mr. I has been very supportive of us. You can see we’ve picked up a significant amount of payroll since July 31 in a very tough economy. I don’t have anything else going on. I think we’ve addressed a lot of our needs. We have done quite a bit, but are we in a position where we’re done? I can’t answer that.”