It’s no secret that the Detroit Tigers bullpen was bad in 2014. Bad might actually be a bit of an understatement.
And thus far, the club’s head honchos have done absolutely nothing to fix their rickety relief pitching conundrum. At this current moment, it might be too late to fix what’s been done.
The team desperately craves a setup man, a reliable lefty, and long reliever. It’s been resonated by Brad Ausmus that Joe Nathan will remain the team’s closer no matter what, meaning other than Nathan a complete upheaval is needed.
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Any notable player that could have helped the team has been signed by a club. Heading into the offseason, there was a plethora of free-agent relief pitchers that could have packed their bags for Detroit with just the few flicks of the wrist.
Andrew Miller, David Roberston, Pat Neshek, Zach Duke, and Luke Grergerson were all unrestricted free agents. But since the start of the offseason, all have signed elsewhere, leaving the Tigers with limited options.
Essentially, the team is left with the option of signing either Sergio Romo or Rafael Soriano if they want to see some immediate changes. Of course there are other options such as Casey Janssen, but a stable relief pitcher that would have completely changed the bullpen’s groove is extinct in the market. And sadly, there’s no reversing an offseason. What’s done is done, and the Front Office’s absence will cause for a long 2015 season.