‘ lean and mean’ approach to rebuild
which made such a financial splash shocking at the time.
Do not expect a similar shock early in this present Tigers rebuild.
“Back then, it wasn’t just Pudge,” said general manager Al Avila Tuesday. “It was Magglio (Ordonez), it was Kenny Rogers –— through a period of years we went after several players on the free-agent market.
“We didn’t build totally from within. This one is going to be more of a building from within, more so than not.”
Forgive Avila if he’s a little wistful about the old days. He was Dombrowski’s top lieutenant back then and wouldn’t it be nice if he could again open the owner’s vault, buy a few choice free agents and be in the World Series in two years, as the Tigers were in 2006.
Not going to happen. After a decade of bloated payrolls and no championship parades, this next journey will be paved with a lot more blood, sweat and tears. Avila made it clear the club had paid its last luxury tax bill for a while.
“I think you are going to see us being pretty lean and mean,” he said.
And it’s not about following somebody else’s path. The Astros way is in vogue now because they are the champions. The Cubs way was the talk of the league the previous year. Championship teams
GM Al Avila said the team’s priority is solidifying its base from within.