When the Tigers lost Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen to the disabled list Saturday night, team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski dismissed the idea of signing a lingering free agent like slugger Jermaine Dye and waiting for him to get game ready. The club is also apparently not jumping at free-agent outfielder Gary Matthews, who hit the open market after the Reds granted him his release last weekend.
Matthews is looking for a place where he can find a Major League roster spot, something the Reds couldn't find for him after 30 days at Triple-A Louisville. So far, the Tigers have not been in touch.
Matthews began the season with the Mets, going 9-for-58 in 36 games before being released in June. He signed a Minor League contract with the Reds a week later and batted .317 (32-for-101) with seven doubles, three homers and six RBIs.