Let the saga begin. Not even a full month into the season the Detroit Tigers will already have a soap opera storyline to drive the fans crazy. Bruce Rondon, who was named the closer coming into Spring Training but then struggled, was called up to the big leagues on Wednesday, along with the veteran Jose Valverde. I thought that Valverde would make it to the Majors before Rondon, little did I know they would both be brought up at the same time.
As you all know, Valverde’s departure from Detroit was sour at best. He crumbled down the stretch, and eventually sat out most of the playoffs last year because he couldn’t pitch to save his life. Since his first appearance in the 2012 playoffs he never had an ERA under 16.00. Not exactly what you look for. As a matter of fact, no team in Major League Baseball wanted to take a chance on him this year, until Detroit came calling.
Rondon isn’t exactly what the Tigers were hoping for either. Before camp started in Lakeland, Fla., this spring, the Tigers thought that Rondon would be their Opening Day closer. That wasn’t the case however because he struggled to find the plate, and when he did, let’s just say it wasn’t good.
I don’t like either of these guys for the closer role on this team, but I do have to say that it really can’t get any worse. There seems to be a revolving door at the position as of now, so why not try something crazy? That’s exactly what this is too, crazy.
Will it work out? Who knows at this point? I have heard that Valverde has been throwing his sinker for strikes so far this year in the minors, but you never know if it will continue once he starts facing major league hitters. If he becomes the 2011 version of himself he could find a spot on this team, but I’m not 100 percent sold he is. I guess we will have to wait and see.