January 8th, 2010

Hindsight: Tigers weren't really in on Podsednik

podsednik.jpgThe supposed Scott Podsednik sweepstakes ended Friday with the outfielder signing a one-year with the Royals for $1.75 million plus incentives. Considering Scotty Pods was rumored to be in the Tigers’ sights earlier this offseason, that set up the question of what happened with Detroit and the former White Sox speedster.

According to president/general manager Dave Dombrowski, there wasn’t really much going on in the first place.

“We did not really pursue that,” Dombrowski said Friday.

Though other teams viewed Podsednik as an option in center field — he’s expected to be the starter in center in KC — the Tigers didn’t see him that way. They didn’t see him much as an outfield option, and they weren’t looking for him to be a designated hitter.

For that matter, they aren’t looking for anybody on the market to be their designated hitter. If they add a hitter in the final weeks of the offseason, it’s going to be somebody who can play a position. That basically rules out any Jim Thome rumors.

“We’re not looking to add a DH,” Dombrowski said. “We’ve said that all along.”

They did say that at the start of the offseason, that they’re not looking for a full-time DH. They wanted that spot to remain open to rotate Carlos Guillen and Magglio Ordonez when they aren’t in the corner outfield spots, allowing them to get some semi-regular time for Ryan Raburn and maybe others. Though the Tigers still wouldn’t mind looking for offense, they still hold that outlook at DH.

The Tigers could add a hitter, Dombrowski said, “if you’ve got the right situation. But it would have to be the right guy.”

Asked how hard it’ll be to find such a fit, Dombrowski said, “You look and see what’s out there.”