Detroit — Alan Trammell isn't a suit-and-tie type of guy. So, from that standpoint, he's not quite sure what to make of his latest role with the Tigers.
"I don't look at myself as a front office guy," he told a group of reporters in Grand Rapids on Wednesday. "I'm going to be a jack-of-all trades."
Technically, Trammell, who spent his entire 20-year playing career with the Tigers and managed them from 2003-2005, is a special assistant to president and general manager Dave Dombrowski.
But jack-of-all-trades is more to the point.
"One thing I assured him, he'd stay busy," Dombrowski said.
Trammell will be in uniform during spring training. Once the season starts, he will be roving throughout the Tigers' farm system.
"He's going to do a lot of things," Dombrowski said. "You are talking about one of the greatest Tigers in history. For me, you're going to take his knowledge as far as on the field is concerned."
Even though the Tigers employ one of the most respected infield coaches in baseball — Omar Visquel — Trammell will be monitoring infielders, most notably shortstop Jose Iglesias, in spring training.
Iglesias is coming back after missing the 2014 season with stress fractures in both shins.
"I think everyone is going to have to wait a bit before we see how it is from all the movements and pounding of an everyday shortstop," Trammell said. "You can't duplicate that in training. It will be monitored by trainers, certainly, but I've never met the young man yet.
"He will have to be truthful about how he is feeling."
All Trammell wants to do, at this point, is be another set of eyes for manager Brad Ausmus.
"I will be in uniform (presumably wearing No. 3 even though that currently belongs to Ian Kinsler) but in transition," Trammell said. "I won't be on the field per se, but I am OK with that. I just want to be a team guy."
After spring training, Dombrowski said Trammell will be an extra pair of eyes for Dombrowski and assistant general manager Al Avila.
"Once the season starts he will see our big league club play, but he will also travel throughout our minor league system," Dombrowski said. "I will be asking his opinion and he will be involved in our meetings."
For now, that's more than enough for Trammell.
"I just want to be a team player, and I'm not looking to do anything else at this point in my life," he said. "I don't want to be bouncing around. I envision myself for doing this for quite a while."