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Entering the offseason, the Detroit Tigers were expected to
make a trade involving one of their extra starters, perhaps for a proven closer
or extra outfielder. However, a move may not be as inevitable as everyone
initially thought, as Detroit could elect to hold tight and enter the season
with its current mix of arms, according to Chris Iott of MLive.com.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski continues to receive
a lot of phone calls with the regular season approaching. But it seems like it’s
the result of teams calling him rather than his desire to make a deal.
"I'm not lacking for trade phone calls,"
Dombrowski said Wednesday morning. "That's not any different. I've had a
lot of those phone calls. It's more people calling us at this point."
When the Tigers re-signed Anibal Sanchez this offseason,
they added a sixth starting pitcher. Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly are currently
fighting for the No. 5 spot in the team’s rotation. When rookie closer Bruce
Rondon struggled early in camp, the thought was that Detroit would deal one of
Porcello or Smyly to acquire a proven closer.
However, Rondon has settled down, and Detroit has indicated
a willingness to enter the season using a closer-by-committee system. The
Tigers are also aware of the fact that, beyond their six rotation candidates,
they are thin when it comes to starting pitching. For this reason, the team
could be willing to stash whichever pitcher fails to claim the final spot in
the rotation in the bullpen or at Triple-A.
It seems likely that Detroit opens the season with Rondon
and company in the back end of the bullpen. If it turns out that they can’t
handle the role, the Tigers could make a move closer to the deadline. If they
can, they’ll have Porcello or Smyly as rotation insurance.
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