SBD/Issue 48/Franchises

Dave Dombrowski Adamant Tigers Not Headed For Fire Sale

Jackson Rumored To Be One
Of Tigers On Trading Block
The popularly-held idea that the Tigers are slashing payroll heading into the ’10 season “took another hit" yesterday from Tigers President, CEO & GM Dave Dombrowski, according to Lynn Henning of the DETROIT NEWS. Dombrowski said, "I can assure you 100[%] that we do not have any kind of fire sale, or salary dump, or whatever you might call it, taking place." He added, “If we make any trades, I would assure you that we will make a trade because we think it’s a good trade for us. … It will not be done to move a salary.” Tigers CF Curtis Granderson and P Edwin Jackson are rumored to be on the trading block, but Dombrowski "would only say that 'conversations' continued with respect to just about any name on the roster." Henning writes the Tigers, who had a payroll of $115M last season, "appear to have a vision," as they "will deal for multiple young -- and affordable -- players that will mesh with the new wave to craft a younger, fresher, less costly contender." Granderson, 28, and Jackson, 26, are "two key players, but players whose 2009 market value is appealing when money is tight and new blood is needed" (DETROIT NEWS, 11/18).

DECISION TIME: In Cincinnati, John Fay wrote the Reds are "counting pennies in a business in which it takes millions of dollars to win." Reds GM Walt Jocketty last week said he is "not yet" planning to cut payroll to balance the budget, and Fay wrote it "probably depends on how season-ticket renewals go." Early ticket renewals have been described as "promising," but if that trend "doesn't continue, and the Reds have to slash payroll to make budget, it means they may have to trade" 2B Brandon Phillips or P Bronson Arroyo. The Reds’ payroll in ’09 was $73.5M, and they already have $59.25M committed to six players next season. Fay: “Even if all 18 of the other players on the roster make the $400,000 minimum, they'll account for $7.2[M]. That adds up to $66.45[M]." However, if the Reds trade Phillips and Arroyo, they would "further risk alienating the fans." Fay wrote, "My advice in both cases is don't do it" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 11/14).

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