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Leyland rolling dice with Tigers 'pen

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08:15 AM ET 03.14 | Jim Leyland, without the services of Jose Valverde, may have to be creative in the ninth inning this season. There are interesting options, including 22-year-old Bruce Rondon, whose fastball can hit 100 mph. ... Leyland, however, isn't sure he wants to immediately dump all of the pressures that come with being the closer on a team favored to win the division on Rondon right off the bat. So, for all the eyes that Rondon has opened, Leyland continues to think about the mixture of right-handers Joaquin Benoit, Al Alburquerque and Octavio Dotel, or lefty Phil Coke, in addition to Rondon. The skipper has even uttered the world "committee" in discussing Detroit's closer situation.

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March 14, 2013  09:32 AM ET

Even if you think your pen is weak Jimmy, your team is still good enough to be playing in October.

March 14, 2013  09:49 AM ET

Closer-by-committee isn't really that bad of a strategy.

March 14, 2013  11:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Even if you think your pen is weak Jimmy, your team is still good enough to be playing in October.

Lets just add PORCELLO to the closer mix thing,, who knows? it may do good for the tigers after all!!!!

March 14, 2013  01:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Lets just add PORCELLO to the closer mix thing,, who knows? it may do good for the tigers after all!!!!

No. You don't devalue a young starting pitcher with a lot of upside by sticking them in the pen.

March 14, 2013  02:34 PM ET

.....any closer better be a strike out machine bc ball put into play on the grass is a hit....

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March 14, 2013  08:38 PM ET
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The Tigers will have to sort this out. Perhaps a deal will happen. A few young OFs (Garcia, Boesch, Dirks) for Marmol?

Boesch got released, and no, no Marmol. Ain't happening.

March 14, 2013  08:59 PM ET
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No. You don't devalue a young starting pitcher with a lot of upside by sticking them in the pen.

It didn't hurt Wainwright. Saint Louis got a championship out of the deal.

March 14, 2013  09:33 PM ET
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It didn't hurt Wainwright. Saint Louis got a championship out of the deal.

Wainwright wasn't 24 years old when they did it with him. I don't think the Cards were concerned about his trade value either.

 
March 15, 2013  12:04 AM ET

He doesn't need help, some of those are good arms. He will work this out during the season.

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