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Detroit Tigers front office Dave Dombrowski and Al Avila Photo: Roger DeWitt via Flickr

The Tigers have decided to part ways with longtime GM Dave Dombrowski today. Dombrowski was hired as the Tigers president in 2002 after leading the Florida Marlins to a World Series championship and assumed the GM role shortly after the 2002 season.

Replacing Dombrowski is Al Avila, who served as vice president and assistant general manager for the Tigers for the last 14 years. Avila’s contract is reportedly a 5 year deal. Moving forward Al Avila has said that he expects the Tigers to contend for a playoff spot this season and that Brad Ausmus will remain as the manager for the remainder of the year. His status is in doubt for the following season as a new GM hire usually spells doom for the sitting manager.

Dombrowski’s run with the Tigers was mostly positive. He helped lead Detroit out of the cellar of the Major League and molded them into perennial contenders for the past 10 years. Dombrowski will forever be remembered as the man who brought Miguel Cabrera to Detroit, trading a slew of prospects, most notably OF Cameron Maybin and SP Andrew Miller to his former team for the young slugger. None of the prospects traded have come close to the success of the triple crown winner, though Miller has developed into one of the better closers in the game since making the switch to the bullpen.

The timing of this move is a bit curious considering the last minute selling spree that the Tigers just went on. One has to wonder who was behind the recent trades for the Tigers and whether the choice to sell was forced on Dombrowski.