Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 2/22/13
First, Tigers’ general manager Dave Dombrowski said young fireballing right-hander Bruce Rondon would be given “every shot” at closing this coming year. Then there were rumors that the Tigers were “targeting relievers capable of closing.” Last week, the manager said he doubted that anyone would be “anointed the closer out of spring training.” Whether or not there’s a real difference in the team stance at any of these points, there do seem to be some different ideas being put forth about the team’s perception of the closer’s role. It was difficult for Tigers fans to watch Jose Valverde implode in the playoffs last season. The natural reaction to the situation might have been to go out and sign the best free agent reliever on the market. There are two problems with that approach, however. The first was availability. Here are the free agent ‘closers’ that were on the market this year, how they’ve fared over the past three years, as well as the deal they got this offseason: Name SV IP K% BB% GB% ERA FIP xFIP W
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