DETROIT (AP) — Dave Dombrowski realizes the offseason is never over until opening day.
That was certainly the case last year, when the Detroit general manager brought slugger Prince Fielder to the Tigers in late January. This offseason has been quieter in Detroit, but Dombrowski keeps his ears open for possible acquisitions even now, with spring training set to start in a couple weeks.
The biggest questions facing the Tigers are left field, the fifth spot in the starting rotation and the closer role. Minor league standout Bruce Rondon may have a chance to close, but the AL champions can be a bit more patient with top outfield prospect Nick Castellanos. Dombrowski says Castellanos will have a chance to make the team, but he’ll need to show he can play fairly regularly.