The Detroit Tigers steadfastly refused to consider acquiring a closer this offseason.
They apparently reserved the right to change their mind.
They've gotten a good look at Bruce Rondon, the Venezuelan fireballing right-hander that throws 100 MPH. Rondon was the man whom general manager Dave Dombrowski thought was a "rare talent" and one who could be closing games for the Tigers this season.
Rondon might be rare, but major league hitters are hitting him like he's well done.
Rondon has posted a 7.36 ERA thus far, failing to even register a clean inning. He's walked five batters in 3.2 innings, a problem that was also seen in minor league ball. Rondon has walked 60 batters over 93 innings in the past two seasons.
Now, the Tigers are stuck. With the free-agent market essentially void of top closers, the Tigers would have to enter the trade market to find their man.
Here are six candidates who could serve as the Detroit Tigers closer in 2013.