The Detroit Tigers had a major decision to make after getting swept in the World Series last season. Detroit decided to go in a different direction with their closer, letting Jose Valverde go and making rookie Bruce Rondon the leading candidate to be the team’s closer in 2013.
This season’s spring training has the Tigers thinking long and hard about if they made the right decision, though. I honestly believe the Tigers would be in a better situation if they made a trade to get a proven closer, considering how close the team is to a championship.
Rondon is just 22-years old, and has been a closer at the minor-league level for the last three seasons, with 65 saves during those seasons combined. The problem right now, however, is that Rondon is giving up too many hits and walks during his outings.
The rookie can’t afford to have those things happen in the regular season, and that’s why I think Detroit should go out and trade for Carlos Marmol. Marmol has been wild his whole career with the Chicago Cubs but has proved that he can close games.
Rondon would be the perfect guy to have in the seventh inning for the Tigers this season if they can swing a trade for Marmol. The Tigers can just allow the youngster a full season at the MLB level before throwing him into the closer role.
Besides, the righty could end up being the closer by the end of the season anyway, considering how bad Marmol can be at times. The Tigers really need to make this move sooner than later, and not wait until the trade deadline to get a closer when the price could be much higher.