ST. PETERSBURG -- If the Tigers' offensive struggles and the slow-motion trade market are expected to leave Detroit looking at free agents, that isn't happening.
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.