Tigers should close by committee

Detroit has the proper personnel to make the shunned tactic work

Updated: March 13, 2013, 11:11 AM ET
By C.J. Nitkowski | ESPN Insider
Octavio Dotel, Joaquin Benoit, Phil CokeAP PhotosThe Tigers have a bullpen that is uniquely suited for closer by committee.

The Detroit Tigers have positioned themselves for a Word Series run. However, much of the Spring Training media focus has been on their one glaring hole: no closer.

The Bruce Rondon experiment is not going well this spring and it's become apparent to most that Rondon needs more time before he can be trusted with the ninth. External options look bleak, and outside of trading Rick Porcello for a proven closer, the problem is going to have to be resolved in-house.

Designating one of their late-inning relievers as closer to start the season would be a low-risk, low-reward way out of this mess and likely start a carousel of closers spinning in Detroit. And while the idea gets dismissed as something akin to lacking a plan, simply having a preferred closer isn't much of a plan either. So taking a more bold approach and adopting the often-scoffed-at "closer by committee" tactic is the best way the Tigers could handle their current situation, and they are one of the few teams that has the personnel to make it work. Here's why.


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