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Detroit Tigers' Offseason May Be a Conservative One

adam smereckiCorrespondent INovember 17, 2008

Detroit Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski has reportedly been saying the Tigers are not interested in acquiring any "top" free agents this year. Seeing as the Tigers are in need of a closer, when asked about Kerry Wood's recent status, Dombrowski considered him a "top" free agent.

With Kerry Wood off the table, the next consideration would be Trevor Hoffman in a closing role for the club. Reportedly Hoffman does not want to leave San Diego and is not in the cards for the Tigers either.

As of late, the only trade being considered is for Julio Lugo. The Tigers are offering Dontrelle Willis or Nate Robertson for the Boston shortstop.

This trade is a no-brainer. The Tigers recently released Edgar Renteria, Carlos Guillen has been moved to the outfield, and Ramon Santiago is not considered a starting shortstop. Lugo may have lost some numbers at the plate in 2008, but he is a solid shortstop and is expected to improve.

The Tigers have been in talks with a couple of other clubs about a catcher, but nothing has come to fruition.

Magglio Ordonez has been removed from the trade table (if he ever was on it) completely, as the Tigers feel he is too important to the club.

This leaves the Tigers with no new pitching so far. Nate Robertson, if not traded, needs to hit the bullpen. His pitching style would be much more efficiently utilized in a long relief role. That would leave the club with another hole in the starting rotation.

The Tigers need pitching all around. They need at least one solid starter, bullpen pitching, and a closer. The Tigers have a lot of faith in Dave Dombrowski, but if he doesn't make any pitching moves, the Tigers may have to wonder about him.

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