Two months ago, after announcing the team had signed catcher Derek Norris, who was suspended last season under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, the Tigers braced for the blowback. They openly admitted they knew criticism would follow. They knew the scrutiny they would incur. Internally, they weighed whether it was worth it.

And, ultimately, they decided it was.

Two months later, they should be bracing again. Not just for criticism about the decision, but for the process by which it was made. Especially as more details emerge.

That’s because Norris, in facing the media for the first time since signing in Detroit, revealed one simple, but damning, fact: The Tigers never even asked him about the incident that led to his suspension before the two sides came to an agreement on a minor-league deal. Not once.

General Manager Al Avila never spoke to him before signing him, that much we already knew following the...