Closer by committee? Sure sounds like it
It’ll get lost in the news about Rick Porcello and Ryan Perry, but Jim Leyland was asked about his closing situation. If the Tigers have a one-run lead in the ninth inning on Opening Day at Toronto, he said, he’ll turn to Fernando Rodney to close it out.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean that he’ll do the same if the Tigers have a one-run lead on Tuesday, it’ll be Rodney again. It could be Brandon Lyon.
Leyland indicated a week or so ago that he might not name a closer, that he might turn to multiple relievers for the role. As the Tigers close out camp, that still appears to be the case.
“It might be,” Leyland said. “It might not just be one guy. There might be somebody else involved.”
And it might not just be Lyon and Rodney, at least not for the long term.
“We may have a guy that’s two weeks, maybe a month away from joining the team,” Leyland said.
That’ll get Joel Zumaya into the picture.