Tigers Not Following Astros' Model, But Acknowledge Losing Product Of Rebuilding
Tigers Exec VP/Baseball Operations & GM Al Avila said that it is "overly simplistic to say the Tigers ... are modeling themselves on the Astros' strategy," according to Evan Woodberry of MLIVE.com. The Astros lost at least 100 games from '11-13 before winning the World Series earlier this month. The Tigers finished last season tied with the worst record in MLB at 64-98, and Avila said, "We're not losing on purpose." However, he added, "The fact that we're making this transition and rebuilding the organization, losing is a product of that. It's not that you're trying to lose. It's just that the process will cause you to lose. So you have to handle it in the best way you can. You can't just say, 'We're going to lose and we're going to pick No. 1 for the next four years and that's going to do it.' If that's all you do, you're not going to get there." Avila said of potentially signing players to maintain fan interest while rebuilding, "It's hard to say we're going to make a signing for a p.r. deal. If it happens to be a really good situation where fans are excited about it, that's great. But we can't make trades that will make us weaker down the road just to be happy today. You really have to have the big picture in front of you. You have to have patience, discipline. You've got to really be thick-skinned in some cases" (MLIVE,com, 11/15).