The Tigers held the closer job open for Bruce Rondon.
It’s still open.
Rondon, a rookie right-hander who can throw 100 mph but can’t always throw strikes or get hitters out, was optioned to Triple-A Toledo Thursday morning, leaving one of baseball’s best teams without a true closer.
“We felt he could benefit from more development time,” Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told reporters in Lakeland, Fla.
The Tigers are expected to go with a closer by committee to open the season. Phil Coke, Joaquin Benoit, Octavio Dotel and Al Alburquerque are all possibilities to get save opportunities, but none of those pitchers profiles as a full-time closer.
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