The vehicles of the Tigers' caravan will roll from Comerica Park early this afternoon. Vladimir Guerrero won't be in any of them unless something remarkable and unexpected happens at the last minute.

But it's still the first minute, not the last minute, in the Tigers' time frame to secure a replacement -- such as Guerrero -- for Victor Martinez.

To put it another way: When Magglio Ordoñez, Pudge Rodriguez and Johnny Damon joined the Tigers, each signed in February.