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If Boesch returns to Tigers, he has to win role

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?"

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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."

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