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When Jose Valverde faltered throughout the playoffs, I knew he would not be pitching in the Old English D next season. After a great 2011 season, his 2012 season will be remembered as a closer who lost it in the playoffs and the Tigers would be looking for a new closer. The market had some high name closers the Tigers could have pursued. They were linked to Rafael Soriano, but the price was too high and he recently signed with Washington Nationals. There is Brian Wilson, but after two Tommy Johns surgery the risk is too high.
The other option is in house candidates, Phil Coke did an excellent job replacing Jose Valverde during the playoffs, Joaquin Benoit, who I think should stay in the set-up role, and there is Bruce Rondon. The three guys will likely be competing for the closing job during spring training. Bruce Rondon will be a closer in Major League baseball, he has a 1.53 ERA last season in the minors with the help of a 100 mph fastball. The downside is that he has no major League experience going to close for a contender. Dave Dombrowski speaks highly of Bruce Rondon, so I have the feeling it is his job to lose in spring training.
I labeled this article the Bruce Rondon project. The Tigers will use spring training to give him opportunities to develop into their closer. Throughout spring training I will give updates on him and the Tigers closer situation.
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The Papa Grande era in Detroit is over. And that is probably for the best. Despite his 110 saves from 2010 to 2011 and despite being perfect in 2011, Valverde saw a serious reduction of his ability to fool or blow away major league hitters in 2012, particularly late in the season. And the eccentric closer was completely pounded during the last two post seasons. So now Valverde is...
DETROIT -- Justin Verlander, Tiger for Life.
That has a nice ring for both Verlander and Tigers fans. And a deal to keep him in Detroit for the duration of his career could become a reality either before or after his current deal for five years at 80 million expires after the 2014 season.
I told Verlander during a media gathering at Comerica Park on Thursday that when Zack Greinke...
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland ducked past several reporters Wednesday night before an event at Fifth Third Stadium.
You guys thought you got rid of me, Leyland eventually said with a smile.
Leyland signed another one-year contract shortly after the World Series, which is just fine with him. He prefers to review his situation at the end of each season.
He was asked...
After winning the American League pennant in 2012 but losing the World Series in four straight games, the Detroit Tigers are ready to try to take that elusive final step.
The Tigers are led again by a collection of stars that would make pretty much any team envious. Right-hander Justin Verlander was the AL MVP two years ago, and slugger Miguel Cabrera was voted MVP last season after...
The Arizona Diamondbacks just acquired shortstop prospect Nick Ahmed on Friday, in a deal that sent Justin Upton to Atlanta. And, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the D-Backs already are prepared to ship Ahmed to the Detroit Tigers for Rick Porcello.
The #Dbacks will now try to package SS Nick Ahmed and pitching prospect intrade for #Tigers starter Rick Porcello, one...
In his three full seasons as a Major League starter, Anibal Sanchez has slowly taken strides toward being a top-of-the-rotation pitcher.
Last year he increased his K:BB ratio for the second straight season while increasing the amount of ground balls he induced. His pitch selection shows his evolution away from being a power pitcher as last year he decreased his four-seamer usage...
Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections, which have typically appeared in the pages of Baseball Think Factory, are being released at FanGraphs this year. Below are the projections for the Detroit Tigers. Szymborski can be found on Twitter at @DSzymborski.
Other 2013 Projections: Angels / Astros / Athletics / Blue Jays / Brewers / Cubs / Diamondbacks / Giants / Mets / Nationals / Phillies...
CSN's Jim Salisbury is reporting that the Phillies are pursuing Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young. One of the heroes of Detroit's post-season run, Young is a free agent and might fit in the Phillies outfield.
The spotlight of spring training is going to be shining largely on rookie Bruce Rondon. The almost-anointed successor to departed Jose Valverde as Detroit's closer was the subject of the most questions as the Tigers began their winter publicity caravan prior to last weekend. Rondon, 22, has yet to throw a pitch in the majors but when he does the radar gun will likely clock...
Tweet After a 2012 season that saw Delmon Young hit .267 with 18 home runs and 74 RBI (as well as earn ALCS MVP honors) the Detroit Tigers opted to not re-sign him, allowing Young to become a free agent. Detroit’s loss is the Philadelphia Phillies’ gain, or that’s what they’re banking on. The [...]