Thus far in the offseason, the Detroit Tigers have made two pretty sizeable trades and one big signing. On one hand, they shed lots of future salary in dealing All-Star first baseman Prince Fielder while getting All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler back. Then, Monday night, the Tigers traded starting pitcher Doug Fister to the Nationals for what could end up being essentially spare parts. Tuesday morning, they signed All-Star closer Joe Nathan.

After the Fister trade, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski insisted the club wasn't slashing payroll.

“We have the most generous owner in Major League Baseball, and perhaps in sports,” Dombrowski said ( “You still have to work a combination of payroll and putting your club together. And you do those within reason. We're not cutting payroll whatsoever.”

After having a payroll of around $150 million last season, the Tigers entered Tuesday with $102.7 million committed to next season (Cot's Contracts), though that doesn't yet include arbitration-eligible salaries for the likes of Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello, Alex Avila and Austin Jackson. estimates those and other additions will bring the Tigers to $142.3 million. This was before the Nathan signing, which we'll have to assume pushes the Tigers up into the same ballpark for now -- and probably a bit higher.

So after signing a closer, will the Tigers be done? It's hard to tell, but my bet is they are not.

Dombrowski's words could be interpreted as the Tigers basically getting right back to the same level as last season's payroll after they sign a closer. After that, he may be preaching more fiscal responsibility in terms of doing things "within reason." That would mean that only minor moves will highlight the rest of the offseason in terms of additions to the big-league club.

As for future spending, though, shedding the Fielder deal gave the Tigers some flexibility. They may use some of that to extend Max Scherzer's contract -- he's a free agent after next season -- though Dombrowski said that situation hasn't changed. There's also Miguel Cabrera's free agency after the 2015 season to deal with.

So, yes, it's possible the Tigers are done with big splashes this offseason.