This time, a Tigers front-office chief known for acting rapidly, and sometimes dramatically, will take his time figuring out how to replace a roster void as immense as the one created by Victor Martinez's wrecked knee.

Dave Dombrowski said Wednesday he and the Tigers could wait until deep into spring training to get the best possible bead on a hitter to replace the vital Martinez, who last year batted .330, had 103 RBIs, and was the sentry guarding superstar Miguel Cabrera from a season that otherwise might have been loaded with intentional walks.