Detroit Tigers Debate: Should Jim Leyland Use Closer-by-Commitee Plan?

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Detroit Tigers Debate: Should Jim Leyland Use Closer-by-Commitee Plan?
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

It's become common knowledge that the Tigers are more than comfortable going into spring training with 22-year-old rookie Bruce Rondon as their closer.

The Tigers have chosen Rondon over former closer Jose Valverde, a couple quality free agents and a closer-by-committee model that made sense to most Tigers fans after the end of last season.

Valverde was an easy decision after his meltdown in the 2012 postseason, but the decision to put so much faith in Rondon has a lot of people—myself included—hesitant to support because of so much uncertainty.

Rondon has only pitched in nine games at the Triple-A level, and he has only had a cup of coffee or two in Double-A.

The Tigers insist Rondon is their guy and have continued to knock down rumors of employing the closer-by-committee option.

Is it the right choice?

Here are the pros and cons of a closer-by-committee plan.

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