Tigers closer role a competition?
February, 15, 2013
By Jason A. Churchill | ESPN Insider
For the better part of the offseason there have been hints, partially based on indications from the team, that the Detroit Tigers would head into the 2013 season with a rookie closer. Bruce Rondon, 22, has just nine games of experience above Class-AA, but brings huge fastball velocity and some success closing in the minors. He may be the future in the ninth inning for the defending American League champs -- heck, he may be the club's closer in 2013 -- but skipper Jim Leyland says no closer has been named and it's unlikely he'll name one coming out of spring training.