LAKELAND, Fla. — Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila wants to send a message.
He isn’t done making moves.
“It’s getting to the point where it’s thinning out a little bit,” Avila said Thursday, discussing the free agent and trade markets. “We’re still trying to improve the team. I’m not sure if we’ll be able to continue that, but we’re still trying.”
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Here’s what Avila said Thursday in the lobby of the Tigers’ administrative building at TigerTown.
On the message from owner Christopher Ilitch: “There hasn’t been any restrictions by any means. As the general manager, I’m trying to be responsible in what we pay, the years and all that stuff. That’s my job, to manage it. … I have not had any issues with payroll, anything of that nature. … From a payroll perspective at this point, I’ve had calls from…