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After trading Fister, the Tigers are prepared to move promising left-hander Drew Smyly from the bullpen to the starting rotation. The bullpen will look a lot different next year, especially since Dombrowski says Benoit is unlikely to be back. Detroit declined an option on right-hander Jose Veras, and the Tigers got left-hander Ian Krol in the deal this week with Washington.

Dombrowski said he wouldn’t think the Tigers would be involved in any other major moves in free agency, although Detroit has been known to pull off an occasional surprise, whether it’s a free agent signing or a trade.

The general manager was asked if the team is now better positioned to sign somebody to a long-term deal, such as Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer, who won the American League Cy Young Award this year and is a free agent after next season.

“Well I wouldn’t use any specific names, but I’d say _ yes, we are,” Dombrowski said. “You try to win in the short term, which we’re trying to do. We’re doing everything we can. But you’re also trying to maintain long-term success, so you’re always trying to work on both of those things.”