Originally written on Reading Between The Seams  |  Last updated 10/20/14
Detroit-tigers-kansas-city
After Jose Valverde’s postseason implosion, the Detroit Tigers looked to move on and hoped young rookie, Bruce Rondon, would run away with the closer’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. He’s also given up five hits and three earned runs. These struggles have had ripple effects making for interesting news and speculation. We have reported that the Tigers may be considering making a move for Carlos Marmol, who is being once again shopped after remaining in Chicago despite a heavy flow of trade rumors last season. Yahoo Sports is speculating that Jose Valverde may end up back in Detroit after all, thanks to Bruce’s spring struggles. Recently Jim Leyland called the idea of young starting pitcher, Rick Porcello, moving to the closer’s role, not that “wild.” Last, but not least, the Tigers’ will have a healthy Al Albuquerque in the bullpen after appearing in only eight games last season. In 2011 he had 67 Ks in 43.1 IP and is only 26 years old. If he gets a shot, he could become a dominant 9th-inning stopper. Fantasy drafters, don’t buy in on Bruce Rondon just yet. Consider him a speculative 4th closer at the moment, no better than Sergio Santos and Vinnie Pestano, and keep on eye on this one, as it is becoming one of the more interesting stories of Spring Training.   Ryan Kantor is an author at Reading Between the Seams. He is a life-long Yankees fan and a proud Clemson alumnus, residing in North Carolina, where he works in marketing research. For more stories like this, you can visit his personal blog at RyanKantor.com and follow him on Twitter at @Ryan_Kantor. The post Bruce Rondon’s Spring Struggles Having Ripple Effects for Marmol, Valverde appeared first on Reading Between The Seams.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

World Series: Game One live blog

Report: Chandler Jones to miss a month with hip injury

Lance Briggs left Bears' locker room to avoid the fighting

Could the Seahawks have gotten more for Percy Harvin?

Five storylines to watch in the 2014 World Series

Favre delays Lambeau return due to Bart Starr’s health

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Cowboys release Michael Sam from practice squad

Fan in critical condition after being beaten before Bears game

Ben Roethlisberger rips the media

Tim Tebow: Gators don't have offensive leadership, lack heart

Colts punter asks Antonio Brown not to kick him in face

NFL: Luke Kuechly should not have been ejected

Report: Back injury could end Nathan Horton's career

Report: Ray Rice files grievance against Ravens

UEFA Champions League midway report: Groups E – H

PHOTO: Fans place Manning’s 509 football in Hall of Fame

Jets sign Jeremy Kerley to $16M 4-year extension

10 teams that should try to trade for Yoenis Cespedes

Lego stadiums: turning a childhood hobby into a business

Bayless: Kobe's sexual assault trial gave him 'edge' and 'sizzle'

Blackhawks make leukemia patient's dream come true

College football's post-Week 8 Playoff projection

Ortiz surprised military families with World Series tickets

NFL Power Rankings Week 7

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Rice files grievance against Ravens

UEFA Champions League midway report

World Series: Game One live blog

Cowboys release Michael Sam

Bayless: Kobe's sexual assault trial gave him 'edge'

10 teams that should try to trade for Yoenis Cespedes

Five storylines to watch in the 2014 World Series

Ben Roethlisberger rips media

NFL Power Rankings Week 7

Pistorius sentenced to five years

Lane Kiffin trashed in political ad

Details of War Machine's suicide letter leaked

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.