Dombrowski: Tigers aren’t actively pursuing relievers
The Tigers currently have 24 active players in camp, if you don’t count Justin Verlander and Bruce Rondon as active. They can have 25 active players on Opening Day. Barring a drastic change, the Tigers won’t be adding someone from outside the organization to fill the 25th spot.
The topic came up after the Tigers optioned Kyle Ryan and Blaine Hardy to Triple-A Toledo Friday night, followed by a report from FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi that the Tigers were close to acquiring a relief pitcher. The news apparently reached Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski.
“Someone told me this morning that somebody wrote that we were close to getting a reliever,” Dombrowski said later. “I said, ‘Well, I wish they’d call me on that.’ … I don’t know where that would even come from. But whoever said that, hey, if they’ve got somebody that would help us, we’re open to phone calls.”
He was kidding, but he also said they were open to listening. At this point, though, he said nothing’s happening.
“I don’t know what the next phone call will bring at this time. You never know what’ll happen. But we’re not actively doing anything,” Dombrowski said. “But if somebody picks up the phone and says we’ve got such-and-such, the season doesn’t start until Monday. You’re always open-minded, but I’m not close to it or have an open discussion on it. ..
“You can always get better. Let’s face it, there’s no club that’s perfect. But I would be really surprised if that happened at this point.”