Do the Tigers really need to trade for a proven closer?
Are you under the impression that the Detroit Tigers need a proven closer at the back end of their bullpen? Think again, says John Lowe of The Detroit Free Press. While the Tigers may not need to trade for a closer, Lowe does see a deal involving outfielder Brennan Boesch on the horizon.
There have been reports that the Tigers are hoping to add a proven closer via trade to replace rookie right-hander Bruce Rondon. This has caused Detroit to be linked to teams such as the Washington Nationals (Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard), Boston Red Sox (Andrew Bailey) and Chicago Cubs (Carlos Marmol).
While the Tigers appear to be uneasy with the prospects of entering the regular season with the inconsistent Rondon as their closer, Lowe doesn't believe the team needs to bring in an experienced arm. He points to the 2012 Nationals, San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds as examples of why.
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Meanwhile, Boesch is finally healthy enough to get into a spring training lineup. While that's good news for the outfielder, he still doesn't have a clear spot with the team. Considering Jim Leyland has already said he's not sending Boesch down to the minors to start the season, he is considered a trade candidate.
Boesch debuted for the Tigers in 2010 and has been a regular in the outfield for the past three seasons. After hitting .283/.341/.458 with 25 doubles and 16 home runs in 2011, the 27-year-old only mustered a batting line of .240/.286/.372 last season. He owns a career line of .259/.315/.414.