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This is the million-dollar question.
When closer candidate Bruce Rondon got sent down to Triple-A after spring training, the Tigers announced they were proceeding with closer-by-committee.
The closer-by-committee worked out great during the season opener against the Minnesota Twins, but not so well against the Twins in the second game on April 3 where pitcher Phil Coke blew a save.
On April 4, the Tigers announced that they signed their previous closer, Jose Valverde to a minor league deal.
While Valverde had a rough 2012 postseason, he provides insurance to the Tigers at a low-risk price if no one steps up to be the closer.
No one knows for sure who will be closing, but there is no "sure thing" option for the Tigers at this stage.
On April 6, Tigers manager Jim Leyland even suggested to MLive.com's James Schmehl that last year's setup man Joaquin Benoit could become the closer:
We will use anybody, but the ideal situation probably -- as it’s set right now -- is to try and get to Benoit to the ninth inning.
Whoever the Tigers utilize as a full-time closer will be facing a lot of pressure. If the closer blows a few saves, then the fanbase will turn on him.
Benoit is a decent setup man, but that doesn't mean he has the temperament to close.
Regardless, the closer question is one that needs to be solved immediately. If a solution isn't found, then the Tigers will have a hard time competing for a championship.
Don't be surprised if, due to Valverde's experience, he is closing for the Tigers within the next three weeks.
*All statistics are as of April 7
**All statistics are from baseball-reference.com