Rumors have heated up this week that the Detroit Tigers are actively pursuing closers on the trade market.
Danny Knobler was the first to say the Tigers are working the phones. Now, Jon Heyman is on board and he makes the situation sound even more frantic:
Word is, #tigers have All Points Bulletin out in search of closer.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) March 6, 2013
While the Tigers haven’t publicly given up on Bruce Rondon, it seems apparent that they aren’t counting on him to work through his inconsistencies this spring in time to be their closer on opening day.
If the Tigers are willing to give something up to bring someone in, Carlos Marmol or Andrew Bailey perhaps, then it seems they aren’t ready to count on Rondon at any point this year.
Right or wrong, it is starting to feel like a deal of some sort is just a matter of time. Brian Wilson and Jose Valverde remain options on the free agent market but the Tigers have not shown any interest in either of them. Could Rick Porcello be on his way out to bring a closer in return? Maybe, but that seems like an awfully short-sighted return on a good trade chip.
It remains to be seen how this somewhat strange situation plays out. Stay tuned to Detroit Jock City and Motor City Bengals along the way.