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Closer Report: Detroit Tigers

Jose Valverde is clearly the Tigers' closer, as they committed two years and $14MM to him this winter.  He's going in the 12th round currently, and he's probably a better choice than earlier picks Francisco Rodriguez and Francisco Cordero.

The Tigers have three hard-throwing relievers who could serve as Valverde's backup: Joel Zumaya, Ryan Perry, and Daniel Schlereth.  Zumaya is the favorite, and he says he's...wait for it...finally healthy.  Since he comes from the right side, averages 95 mph, and has more big league experience, you'd have to put Perry third in line.  All three need to show the necessary control for a late-inning role.



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