If Boesch returns to Tigers, he has to win role

If Boesch returns to Tigers, he has to win role

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tigers aren't discussing whether Brennan Boesch is on the trading block, as suggested by various reports, but team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski's comments portray a player who would need to battle in Spring Training to get a role back -- if he's still around in Spring Training.

Dombrowski, too, used the word "if."

"If he's with us at that point, then he'd come to camp and battle for a spot on the club," Dombrowski said, "and it wouldn't be right or center. Does he win time away from [Andy] Dirks at this point? Is he an extra outfielder?"

If he doesn't make the team, Dombrowski was asked about the idea of sending Boesch back to Triple-A Toledo for more seasoning.

"Could he benefit? Perhaps," Dombrowski said. "But at some point, I think you have to quit looking at that when a guy reaches a certain age and service time, because their heart's not going to be in it. I don't know where he fits into that category, but I would think there's a long way before we get to that point."