Tigers front office takes trip to Toledo
In case you haven’t heard this enough over the years, Dave Dombrowski works the trade market as hard as any general manager in baseball. Unless the Tigers are on the road at the trade deadline, it’s rare to see him outside the office unless he’s down in the clubhouse talking with manager Jim Leyland.
So what was Dombrowski — and other Tigers officials — doing at Triple-A Toledo on Monday? That’s an interesting question.
With the Tigers off Monday and the Mud Hens playing a matinee in Toledo, Dombrowski got off the landline, went mobile and headed to Fifth Third Field with assistant Al Avila and pro scouting director Scott Bream (thanks to John Wagner of The Blade in Toledo for the catch).
Whether they were just taking the day to check out their potential late-season options at Triple-A, or whether they were looking at anyone specifically, wasn’t clear. It’s worth noting, though, that Jeremy Bonderman pitched the last two innings, retiring all six batters he faced while striking out two to stretch his shutout run at Toledo to seven innings of one-hit ball with no walks and five strikeouts.
Bonderman has an opt-out date in the minor-league contract he signed two weeks ago, but it’s not clear when it comes up.
Other highlights from the box score: Nick Castellanos had two hits, including a double, to raise his average back to .280. Danny Worth went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Argenis Diaz, starting at shortstop, went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
One thing that the visit does not seem to suggest is that the Tigers are done talking trades.