Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Thursday that the closer job isn't Bruce Rondon's to lose.
"No, it's not like that," said Leyland. "I'm going to look at all my options, and hopefully I'll make a decision. But I doubt anyone will be anointed the closer out of spring training. It might happen, but I doubt it. It's a front-burner thing that is on the back-burner." The Tigers would clearly prefer that Rondon run away with the job, but they are prepared to look at alternatives if the hard-throwing rookie struggles. Joaquin Benoit, Octavio Dotel, Phil Coke, Al Alburquerque and Brayan Villarreal are among the other possibilities. Fantasy owners should track this situation carefully this spring.