There's no doubt that Detroit Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski and his staff are already working -- and have been working -- on a replacement for closer Jose Valverde.
For now, the Tigers will have to turn to someone else with the game on the line in the ninth.
The most likely candidate for now has to be veteran Joaquin Benoit, who already has three saves this season. Then the Tigers can hope to find someone via trade before the non-waiver deadline July 31.
On Wednesday, in what should be the straw that broke the proverbial camel's back, Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain hit an 0-2 splitter for a game-tying home run off Valverde with two out in the bottom of the ninth.
"No closer wants to do a blown save," Valverde told FOX Sports Detroit's Trevor Thompson on the field after the game. "Nobody. But this is a part of the game. The closer is going to save the game or lose the game."
Since May 31, Valverde has allowed seven runs on 10 hits (five of them home runs)...