Behind the scenes of Dave Dombrowski’s firing


Lynn Henning of the Detroit News has a good article up detailing what went on behind the scenes with the Tigers in the leadup to the trade deadline and the firing of GM Dave Dombrowski. Essentially, his ticket was punched out of Detroit once he told owner Mike Illitch that, no, the Tigers didn’t have the goods to trade for a starting pitcher to make a 2015 run.

Once Illitch agreed with Dombrowski that it was time to sell off, this happened:

A third deal, for Soria, netted the Tigers a young infielder, JaCoby Jones. But none of the late wheeling and dealing appeared to change Ilitch’s mind. The owner called Al Avila on Saturday and told Avila he would become the team’s new GM.

Dombrowski, for reasons that aren’t yet clear, was not officially notified of his dismissal until Ilitch phoned him Tuesday afternoon.

That’s pretty remarkable that he didn’t tell Dombrowski about for several days after letting his successor know.

Also remarkable: Dombrowski pretty much knew he was toast once he told Illitch that it was time to sell. He sold anyway, making three excellent trades despite knowing that he was a lame duck. Of course, trades are Dombrowski’s bread and butter. He almost always does them well and wins them far more often than he loses them.

All of which suggests that he won’t be unemployed for long.

Gallegos agrees to 2-year, $11M contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.