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One side effect of Nick Castellanos' move back to third base following the recent Prince Fielder-for-Ian Kinsler trade is that the
"The ideal situation is Andy Dirks would play like he did two years ago," general manager Dave Dombrowski said Wednesday. "He didn't have a good year last year. I know his knee bothered him. He admitted it more after the year that it bothered him all year long, so I'm looking for Andy Dirks to come back."
Splitting time with Matt Tuiasosopo, Dirks hit .256 with nine homers and a .686 OPS in 438 at-bats last season, but he hit .322 with eight homers and an .857 OPS in 314 at-bats in 2012, crushing righties to the tune of a .336 batting average and .889 OPS.
"We think he's a good big-league player. But am I ready to say for sure he's our left fielder and we can't get better by matching and mixing and doing something? No, I'm not prepared to do that at this point," Dombrowski said.
"The person we're hoping to really step up for us once again -- and we really think he's capable of doing it -- is Bruce Rondon," Dombrowski said. "He's healthy. Feeling good. We look at him as a potential eighth-inning guy, and the rest of the bullpen will fall into place after that."
Rondon, who missed the entire postseason with a flexor strain in his right elbow, was a candidate to close at the beginning of last season, but because of control issues, he spent much of the first half in the minors. He had a 2.73 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings in 27 appearances after coming up for good in late June.
At the press conference announcing his two-year, $20 million deal Wednesday, closer
"From the moment [I] became a free agent, this was the No. 1 club we had our eyes set on," Nathan said. "Why would I come here? The question is, 'Why wouldn't I?' This team is ready to win, they’re ready to win now. [And] not just win — it's not just about getting to the postseason. For me, it's about getting to the World Series."
Though he just turned 39 in November, Nathan is coming off one of the best seasons of his career. He recorded 43 saves with a 1.39 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings for the Rangers last season.
"I feel as strong as I ever have," Nathan said.
Cabrera recently informed the club that he wanted to move to first base, filling the vacancy created by the offseason trade of Fielder to the Rangers. Castellanos came up through the Tigers' minor league system as a third baseman, but he began his conversion to the outfield in 2012. He did not play any games at third base this past season.
The Boston Herald reports that eight teams are thought to be interested in free agent outfielder
Also, the New York Daily News reports that Choo is the Tigers' top target for a left-handed hitting outfielder.
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