Leyland, Tigers must find new closer in bullpen
Saturday, January 26, 2013
DETROIT (AP) -- Jim Leyland freely admits that at least one role on his pennant-winning team is very much up in the air.
The Detroit Tigers let free-agent closer Jose Valverde go after he struggled toward the end of last season, leaving that spot open for any number of candidates. With spring training less than three weeks away, Leyland realizes he'll have some major decisions to make with his bullpen, but the veteran manager isn't shying away from discussing it.
The Tigers were at Comerica Park on Saturday, where the field was coated with snow. The appearance was part of their TigerFest event, and there is plenty of interest among fans in who will take over as the closer.