Another intriguing possibility for the Tigers is another closer who is coming off of Tommy John surgery, Joakim Soria. However, just like Ryan Madson, Soria may not be available to close until the middle of the summer.
While most believe Detroit is not willing to wait that long, the 28-year-old right hander would be a great addition to the Tiger bullpen.
Soria has spent his entire career with Kansas City, and enjoyed his best season as a professional only two short years ago in 2010. In 65.2 innings pitched, Soria has accumulated 43 saves, an impressive 1.78 ERA, 71 strikeouts and only 16 walks.
Along with all of this, he was voted to the All-Star team and had his name mentioned among the best during the Cy Young conversation.
Soria's Wins Above Replacement (WAR) rating was an impressive 3.2 during 2010. This means he contributed 3.2 more wins to the Royals than the average Triple-A closer would have provided.
While that is not a lot of wins to most people, that can often be the difference between playing in the postseason and watching it at home.