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Tigers eyeing big-name closers

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07:24 AM ET 11.05 | As a former catcher, Brad Ausmus certainly knows the stress that comes from question marks within a pitching staff. After Ausmus was named Tigers manager Sunday, president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said something that should keep Ausmus from getting some gray hairs. "We're going to have a closer -- we're going to pursue somebody to pitch at the back end of the bullpen," Dombrowski said. "Joaquin (Benoit) is in that group, but there are a lot of closers out there. It's the one area where there are a lot of guys." ... Benoit, the Tigers' highly effective closer in the second half of this season, is a free agent. Other big-name free-agent closers include Tampa Bay's Fernando Rodney, Texas' Joe Nathan, Oakland's Grant Balfour, Cleveland's Chris Perez and the Dodgers' Brian Wilson.

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November 5, 2013  08:04 AM ET

That would be funny if they signed Balfour after his little tiff with VMart.
In related news, Diane Sawyer has volunteered to be the Tigers' towel girl so she can get closer to that dreamy Brad Ausmus.

November 5, 2013  11:45 AM ET

Sign Nathan as the closer, get JP Howell, consider re-signing Benoit to be a set up man and call it a day for rebuilding the bullpen. Look at signing a lead off guy like Choo or possibly Ellsbury (though he'll be really expensive and he's injury prone).

November 5, 2013  12:47 PM ET

Sign Nathan or the beard

November 5, 2013  12:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Sign Nathan or the beard

Fernando Rodney was in the tigers team about 6 years ago didn't he?

November 5, 2013  12:51 PM ET
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Fernando Rodney was in the tigers team about 6 years ago didn't he?

Yes, for many years. He left about four seasons ago.

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November 5, 2013  08:33 PM ET
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Yes, for many years. He left about four seasons ago.

And he wasn't a great closer with us. He just recently got good.

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