One of the big questions the Detroit Tigers have coming into the 2013 season is whether or not Bruce Rondon is ready to handle the closer’s role.
General Manager Dave Dombrowski and Tigers manager Jim Leyland seem ready to enter the season with a 22-year-old rookie as their man.
After José Valverde lost the job in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series last fall, the Tigers were torn with either giving Rondon the chance or scouring the trade market. Starting pitcher Rick Porcello was offered around, but the Tigers found no dance partners.
While all sides hope that Rondon can learn on the job this spring, the Tigers’ front office would be unwise to not be aware of other alternatives if Rondon cannot meet expectations or is injured.
Here are four options the Tigers have if the flame-throwing Venezuelan fizzles out in his first go-round.