Dombrowski: Tigers were never in on Werth

The Tigers were rumored among the most serious suitors for Jayson Werth, who just signed a seven-year, $126 million deal with the Nationals. But team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said their interest didn’t go very far.

“The majority, and just short of all of that, was strictly paper talk,” Dombrowski said. “We never had any serious conversations on Jayson Werth. Not one. And the reality of it is, when we prioritized our players, we had Victor Martinez up there, that we pursued. And just preliminary conversations, very preliminary, where they talk in generalities, the dollar numbers and years were just not appealing to us.

“That’s why sometimes you move quickly in other directions to do things. For us, it just made more sense to move in the direction that we did.”

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“The majority, and just short of that, was strictly paper talk, Dombrowski said.” I bet, when they heard how much “paper” Werth was talking about. Prepostrous.
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It’s a good thing they got Benoit and Victor early. Maybe the shopping spree is over. I’m not getting my hopes up too high, but hope we can get at least one more quality pitcher or position player.

Okay, so Werth was far too expensive, but there still has not been an overall upgrade to the lineup, the rotation, or the bullpen. It’s nice that V Mart and Benoit have been signed, but Victor does not replace the loss of the 2 and 3 hitters, while Benoit simply replaces Coke.

Now, the Red Sox are interested in Magglio. Not good.

tigerdog, are you including polanco in the loss of the 2 and 3 hitters? Martinez at least replaces Maggs in the lineup, if nothing else. Benoit is more dominant out of the pen than Coke, but isn’t a lefty. I also hope they go out and get another big addition, but it seems like the prices are insane and the availability low.
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I read where Willingham from Washington may be available. He always has a good OPS and some pop in his bat. Similar to Luke Scott in some ways. Probably wouldn’t take a ton to get him.

Benoit is supposed to be strictly a set-up man for Valverde. Perhaps “Rugburn” will bat 2nd if they don’t pick up another player. Carlos could bat 3rd or 5th. Yea, we definitely need another bat and either a starter or BP piece. Boston is expressing interest in Maggs. We’d be hurtin for certain, if we don’t get someone to replace his bat.
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I wonder if Jason and everybody else at these meetings gets any sleep? If so, it must be very little, especially if a team has money to spend. It’s very nerve-wracking not knowing if the Tiger’s can make any more deals or even if they are working on some.

It’s not beyond the realm of possibility for Maggs to end up with the same salary he would have received if his contract had vested. Whether we would pay that remains to be seen.
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Jason, I hope you found a nearby Starbucks.
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–Rich

I suppose the Nationals were desperate after they let Dunn go. Even Zimmerman expressed his displeasure and players usually don’t do that kind of thing publicly. The fans expected the team to improve by adding players. Instead, they let Dunn go over a few million dollars and it cost them plenty. Now, they are talking Cliff Lee. I’ll believe it when I see it.
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Talking about the salaries can kind of get “political” so I won’t comment on that. However, the contract Miguel got was for a very young, potential HOF player. Thank goodness we have an owner willing to spend. That is something we can all be thankful for.

this contract is an aberration…team that’s down in the dumps overpays to sign a Boras client. hmmm…sounds vaguely familiar. Werth got the type of contract I thought Crawford would get. Is Crawford now looking at 7 yr $140 million?

I’ve read rumors that Tigers are also looking into Fred Lewis and Willingham to add a veteran presence to their OF. The signal to noise ratio is low this week. Rumors that linger into next week might have some legs.

I am glad we weren’t in on the Werth conversation. Nats are throwing a ridiculous amount of money at him. But lets not forget it started out with the White Soxs this year. They gave Dunn more money than he is worth, yes he can hit, but he certianly can’t play the field. So they had to give more to Werth because he can play the field. So Crawford from what I can gather is going to get 25 million a year?? INSANE amounts of money for these ball players. I hope that someday these salaries get back in line – it will all come crashing down on them hopefully sooner than later. GREED GREED GREED.

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