Bruce Rondon is not ready to close games in Detroit.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland said earlier this week that it was possible Rondon could begin the season as part of a closer-by-committee group. That made it clear that Leylands already decided that Rondon is not ready to shoulder the responsibility by himself.
Leyland does not want to mix and match closers -- especially on a team for which anything short of a return to the World Series will be a major disappointment. Teams that take that approach do so for one reason: they do not have a closer and are making do. But it could be Leylands only option.
The Tigers soon will either attempt to deal for a quality closer -- which will be extremely difficult at this time of the year -- or decide that the eventual closer already is on the roster and just needs to shake out.
Though, the Washington Nationals could be a trade partner with two proven closers in Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard now likely pitching the seventh and eighth innings w...