Tigers manager Jim Leyland and president/general manager Dave Dombrowski agree that Brennan Boesch still has potential. They also agree it was time for Boesch and the Tigers to part.

The Tigers gave Boesch his unconditional release Wednesday. Dombrowski said he tried before and during spring training to trade Boesch, but he couldn’t find a willing partner.

“I think sometimes we throw that term ‘change of scenery’ around too loose, but I think this is a case where it’s probably a great thing — I truly believe that,” Leyland said. “I still think there’s potential there. It wasn’t going to fit with our club this particular year.

“Hopefully Brennan will move forward and things will work out for him like we hoped they would have here. It just didn’t work … and I’ll leave it at that.”

By releasing Boesch now, the Tigers would owe him only one-sixth of the $2.3-million salary they tendered him in January.

Before Wednesday’s game against Florida Southern at Joker Marchant Stadium, Dombrowski told reporters Andy Dirks was considered the primary leftfielder and there was no need for another left-handed-hitting outfielder.