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Jose Valverde is not the answer at the back end of the Tigers’ bullpen. Anyone who knows anything about baseball knows this to be fact. Jim Leyland knows something about baseball (how much depends on who you ask), but he was recently asked about the Tigers’ closer situation. “Some fans believe Valverde is a Leyland creation.  They think the manager loves him or he wouldn’t be here. I don’t understand who they think we should be closing with. I’m asking that question, ‘Who the (EXPLETIVE) should I be closing with?’ I mean, do they want some rookie kid? I don’t understand that. “Who the (EXPLETIVE) should I close with? Who do you want me to close with? Who the (EXPLETIVE) do you want to be the closer? … I don’t know what the (EXPLETIVE) these people want. They just throw stuff out there. People just talk, they don’t think about it. “Sometimes it boggles my mind.” Translation: General Manager Dave Dombrowski has given me hot garbage juice and wants me to make lemonade.  And he isn’t wrong. The Tigers bullpen is 4-12 with nine blown saves this year.  Jose Valverde sports a 4.15 ERA with five of the nine blown saves.  Set-up man Octavio Dotel is on the disabled list and reportedly could be “done.”  Lefty Phil Coke has been the worst.  He has been generous to opponents with a 5.49 ERA.  Other options: including Bruce Rondon, who was appointed the closer during the winter, Brayan Villarreal and Al Alburquerque have not panned out to date.  Aside from lefties Drew Smyly and Darin Downs and Joaquin Benoit, the ‘pen has been messy to say the least. Buster Olney conjectured that Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon could be an option via trade for the Tigers.  Rondon could always be summoned back from Toledo where he is carrying an 0.74 ERA, 11 saves and 32 Ks in 24 innings. It’s getting to the point where Tigers fans will take anyone except Valverde in the ninth inning.  Leyland is there as well.  And this time, he’s hoping for at least some less warm garbage juice. Your move, Dombrowski. [USA Today]
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