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Dave Dombrowski Cannot Be Done Trying to Help Detroit Tigers If a Championship’s Truly the Goal

August 23rd, 2014 at 9:10 AM
By Max DeMara

Just prior to Friday night's game in Minnesota, Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski discussed his team's failing offense, and the pursuit of Cuban prospect Rusney Castillo.

It seems Castillo was a special case, and the Tigers will not be looking to make any more meaningful additions to their lineup before the August 31 deadline. Dombrowski said as much in a piece compiled by MLive's Chris Iott.

"Our guys have to hit better," Dombrowski said in the visitors dugout at Target Field on Friday when discussing the Castillo situation. "You can't keep going and getting players all the time. After a point, they've got to hit. They've got to do what they need to do."

Hours after those words were spoken, Dombrowski's guys, who have to hit and pitch better, went out and laid a total stinker against the lowly Minnesota Twins. Detroit was buried under an avalanche of runs in a 20-6 loss. Dombrowski's "hit or else" edict proved useless. The flaws of this lineup and its inconsistent characters aren't going away, no matter what is said.

The Tigers are a team in peril, fading fast and rapidly taking on water. An inconsistent offense hasn't helped an often cement-handed defense. An unstable pitching staff has helped neither. The season's not over, but at some point if the losing continues, Detroit will wake up one morning too far back in the standings to make a September impact on the race.

That is what Dombrowski should fear, and exactly the reason he needs to burn up the phones prior to next week and make a change. Nobody should expect a fantasy baseball trade for multiple elite hitters, but something should be added to the outfield. Production there has lacked consistently, and depending on a player like Ezequiel Carerra to simply flip a switch and start hitting is a fool's proposition.

If Dombrowski and company continue to maintain that a World Series is the ultimate goal this season, they cannot sit idly by while their offense makes a mess of things. Teams with designs of playing October baseball never stop getting creative. Just a few years ago, Dombrowski added Delmon Young to the roster in August, and a change in scenery helped spark both he and the Tigers down the stretch and into the playoffs.

Still, Dombrowski doesn't back off his current assessment. "I don't know where you're going to find a bat to help you," he said. "It's hard to find hitters right now. So I would say probably not." That's not the thinking of a bold visionary who made the David Price deal with designs on a championship run, is it?

"Sometimes the guys you have have to rise to the occasion," Dombrowski said.

And sometimes, those same guys need a bit of late extra help for the jump start needed to make postseason dreams a reality.

Max DeMara is the editor of @tigers_101. Follow the site there on Twitter, or like it on Facebook to connect with him.

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Tags: Baseball, Dave Dombrowski, Detroit, Detroit Tigers, Ezequiel Carerra, MLB

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