In an unsurprising move after he soiled the bed on Wednesday, the Detroit Tigers announced early Thursday that they optioned young flamethrower Bruce Rondon to Triple-A Toledo. Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski, despite raving about Rondon during the winter while suggesting the closer's spot was his for the taking, said skipper Jim Leyland will now "mix and match":
"It's what we said all along," said Dombrowski. "There will be a guy out there in the ninth inning who will close games for us. We might not have a closer anointed, but we have guys we're comfortable with that can close games.
Not quite all along, but the nonchalance is telling.
While this has to be an admittedly disappointing move for the Tigers, it's also one that they're clearly comfortable making without blaming themselves for not having another name - perhaps a free agent signee - as a "plan B." Garrett Wilson wrote here a few weeks ago about a rumor that cl...