With his fan base reeling after being swept out of the 2012 World Series, Detroit Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed on Tuesday that his team is not expecting to bring back either Delmon Young and Jose Valverde in 2013.
Dombrowski, as reported by Jason Beck of MLB.com, indicated that Young simply won't have the chance to play on a full-time basis with Victor Martinez expected back from injury. "We look at him primarily as a designated hitter," Dombrowski said of Young. "He understood we have Victor Martinez coming back, so there's really not a spot."
Despite being named this year's ALCS MVP, Young's lack of defensive ability clearly hampers his value for a Detroit organization eager to ease some of their new faces into the outfield next season. Young tallied 18 home runs and 74 RBI this year for Jim Leyland's Tigers, and will likely receive plenty of calls from American League teams eager to upgrade their designated hitter slot.
Once considered one of the sport's most dominant closers, the 34-year-old Valverde cracked under pressure this postseason and immediately fell out of favor in the bullpen. Dombrowski told Jennifer Hammond of FOX 2 that his former closer's days are very likely numbered in Detroit, just one year after Valverde's perfect 49-for-49 season on save opportunities.