There were three big stories at Tigers Spring Training coming into this season.
Detroit manager Jim Leyland hasn’t decided on his closer. And he’s starting to get tired of talking about it.
The 22-year-old right-hander dominated three levels of the minors last year, earning Detroit’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award.
Spring training trades aren’t easy. Spring training trades for closers might be even tougher.
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.
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland has plenty of hitting at his disposal and a top-notch starting rotation. His bullpen, though, could be a problem.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland is interested in bringing former closer Jose Valverde back as a “safety net” for the closer role if the sides can agree to financial terms, according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman.
Jim Leyland doesn’t know if Nick Castellanos will make his Opening Day roster. Castellanos may not have enough experience in left field, but the Detroit Tigers manager has no doubts about one thing.
This might be the year that Andy Dirks finally gets to prove he is a full-time major leaguer.
There was no way the Tigers could bring Jose Valverde back, not after what happened last October.
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