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If You're Hardcore (AL): Who should close in Detroit?

Updated: August 1, 2008, 2:34 PM ET
By Will Harris | Special to ESPN.com
Trade news has dominated the headlines this week, but the upheaval in the Detroit bullpen is of just as much interest to contending owners trying to make up ground in the difficult saves category.

Todd Jones was first ousted from the closer's role and then disabled. Fireballer Joel Zumaya has long been considered Jones' eventual successor. However, it was 31-year-old Fernando Rodney named to ninth-inning duties for the moment. Zumaya has been bothered by triceps tightness this week, but has returned to action and will compete with Rodney to lead a relief corps that now includes 32-year-old Kyle Farnsworth, who was acquired from the Yankees this week for Ivan Rodriguez. With Jones out of the way, how do the Tigers' top three relievers stack up?


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