During the coverage of the 2013 All-Star Game, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver were discussing how good the Detroit Tigers’ roster is, from bats such as Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder to arms such as Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander.
Then, they pointed out that the Tigers don’t really have a closer, the one blemish on an otherwise great roster. After Jose Valverde went off the rails in the 2012 postseason, the Tigers swore him off for most of the offseason, then brought him back for an equally disastrous 2013 that ended in him being demoted to Toledo. Joaquin Benoit is currently the Tigers’ stopgap solution in the ninth, but it's pretty clear setup is where he belongs.
The Tigers look to be buyers at the 2013 trade deadline later this month, with relief pitching being their biggest need by far. Here are five men that could be the Tigers’ answer.
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