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Pat Caputo: Tigers Need To Improve Their Bullpen, But How?

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 21: Alex Avila and Phil Coke #40 of the Detroit Tigers celebrate a win against the Minnesota Twins on July 21, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Tigers defeated the Twins 6-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JULY 21: Alex Avila and Phil Coke #40 of the Detroit Tigers celebrate a win against the Minnesota Twins on July 21, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Tigers defeated the Twins 6-2. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

patcaputo i) Pat Caputo
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This is going to be a tough call for Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski. He likes to build his bullpen through the minor league system, but in truth the best part of the Tigers’ bullpen has been procured via free agency, Jose Valverde and Joaquin Benoit. Next line is Phil Coke, acquired in a trade, and Alberto Alburquerque, who had little minor league success in other organizations, but was a terrific scouting find by the Tigers in the Dominican Winter League.

The young arms haven’t come through for the Tigers, and they used their best relief pitching prospect, Chance Ruffin, as part of the trade to acquire Doug Fister. How much faith should the Tigers have in Daniel Schlereth and Ryan Perry? An argument can be made they are young and still developing, but it can just as easily be made they aren’t good enough to get the Tigers over the top in the postseason. Certainly, they weren’t this year.

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