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Tigers picked right time to extend Dombrowski

Posted on: September 13, 2011 3:34 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2011 4:02 pm
 
In a trade market woefully short on starting pitchers, Dave Dombrowski found a guy who has gone 5-1 in eight starts, with a 2.28 ERA. In an August waiver market that was marked by a lack of movement, Dombrowski found an outfielder who has hit .324 with 20 RBI in 26 games.

Sounds like a guy Tom Ricketts ought to want as general manager of the Cubs, especially given Dombrowski's strong Chicago ties.

One problem with that: Dombrowski just signed a four-year contract extension last month.

Maybe Mike Ilitch was more aware than we give him credit for.

The Tigers owner surprised even some in his own front office by the timing of the extensions he gave Dombrowski and manager Jim Leyland. After allowing both to start the season with expiring contracts, Ilitch chose to announce extensions for both on Aug. 8, when the Tigers were just eight games over .500 and held only a four-game lead in the American League Central.

Five weeks later, the Tigers are the hottest team in baseball, with a 10-game winning streak and magic numbers of five (over the White Sox) and six (over the Indians) to clinch the AL Central. Trade acquisition Doug Fister has pitched so well that he may be the Tigers' No. 2 starter in the playoffs, behind Justin Verlander. Trade acquisition Delmon Young has hit so well that he's the Tigers' third hitter and has kept them from thinking too much about Brennan Boesch's injury.

And Dombrowski isn't going anywhere.

Now there's no certainty Ricketts would have tried to hire Dombrowski, even if he was available. And even if Dombrowski were working without an extension now, there's no reason to believe he'd have had any real interest in leaving.

But don't you think Ilitch and the Tigers feel more comfortable not needing to worry about it?




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