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If rumors are to be believed, and really why wouldn't we believe them, the Detroit Tigers are getting some seriously cold feet about rookie reliever Bruce Rondon serving as their closer in 2013. As a result, CBS Sports is reporting that the Tigers have begun scouring the market for a more proven option to assume the closer role. That's a pretty untenable position for a contender to find themselves in, but the Tigers really only have themselves to blame for this predicament.
This whole saga started off with a smart move by the Tigers which was letting incumbent closer Jose Valverde leave via free agency after he imploded in the post-season. Papa Grande was clearly washed up and needed to be replaced, which is where the hard-throwing Rondon entered the picture. The prospect is a classic flamethrower that matches up with the prototype closer that teams love. The only problem is that Rondon has had issues with his command, yet the Tigers were ready to hand him the job anyway...
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The closing situation for the Detroit Tigers has become an absolute mess in the span of just one week. Rewind 7 days ago and Bruce Rondon was basically still the guy. Today, things are clouded. How cloudy you ask? So dense that even Carlos Marmolâ€™s name has popped up in trade rumors.
My fingers could barely type that. If Carlos Marmol is acquired by the Tigers then I think weâ...
Thus far, contrary to what Jim Leyland and Dave Dombrowski might say, the Bruce Rondon experiment at closer hasnâ€™t gone as well as expected. In fact, the gamble has looked like a complete and unnecessary debacle, capable of doing more harm than intended in several ways if it should continue.
Early in spring training, Rondon, the young fireball pitcher who was given the keys to...
Despite some early season struggles, and some people ready to push the panic button, it's still a good bet that Bruce Rondon will end up being the Tigers' closer to start the season, and we give you three key reasons why.
By MARIO IMPEMBAFOX Sports Detroit
LAKELAND, Fla. -- We knew there was a chance it could happen, and it has. Detroit Tigers potential rookie closer Bruce Rondon has come out of the gates very slowly this spring. The overwhelming storyline for a team destined for a storybook season continues to center around the closer.
Rondon threw a side session under the scrutiny of pitching...
Jim Leyland spoke frankly about potential Detroit Tigers closer Bruce Rondon during Mondayâ€™s Fox Sports Detroit broadcast, saying that Rondon needs to develop more control and to harness another pitch.
Not surprisingly, given those words and Rondonâ€™s continued struggles this spring, the Tigers reportedly are on the hunt for a closer. Thatâ€™s according to CBSSportsâ€™ insider...
Max Scherzerâ€™s first spring start went off without a hitch. The same cannot be said for Bruce Rondonâ€™s latest relief appearance. Rondon, who may be coughing away his shot at the Detroit Tigersâ€™ closer role, served up a pair of runs in his one inning of work during a 6-1 loss to Atlanta.
Rondon coughed up a solo home run to Tyler Pastornicky, then allowed an RBI double â€” just...
The Tigersâ€™ questions at the closer spot in the bullpen obviously has been an issue for the team since last season. Those questions though seem to be becoming even more magnified given the struggles of rookie reliever Bruce Rondon. So magnified in fact that CBS Sportsâ€™ Danny Knobler believes the Tigers may not have much of a choice but to trade for a closer this spring.
After Jose Valverdeâ€™s postseason implosion, the Detroit Tigers looked to move on and hoped young rookie, Bruce Rondon, would run away with the closerâ€™s gig in Spring Training. Much like a young Craig Kimbrel, Rondon has great stuff needing only to harness his control. Unfortunately, he has been unable to find the reigns and has five walks in just 3.2 spring innings. Heâ€™s also...
Over much of the offseason, a lot was said about the Detroit Tigers heading into 2013 with Bruce Rondon slated to close. Rondon, 22, has a big fastball, and is a quality prospect. But it turns out thereâ€™s more to pitching than throwing really hard, and Rondon has limited experience in the upper minors and a demonstrated inability to throw strikes consistently, especially against...
Well that didnâ€™t last too long. The whole Bruce Rondon is the man plan fell apart quickly;Â the closer by committee plan seems like a long shot as well. It looks like the plan now is to go out and trade for a veteran arm to be the ninth inning fireman. Of course the number [...]