The Tigers may not have a closer issue yet, but they could be working toward one if hard-throwing 22-year-old Bruce Rondon doesn’t find the strike zone.
There have been hints out of Tigers camp that longtime manager Jim Leyland is concerned about the current closer situation. However, Tigers management wants to give young prodigy Rondon a full shot — at least for now.
Leyland is said to remain a fan of veteran closer Jose Valverde, who wasn’t brought back after a brutal postseason and remains a free agent. Leyland generally prefers a proven closer.
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