Manager Brad Ausmus says he thinks GM Al Avila will try to acquire a closer this winter, MLive.com’s Chris Iott writes. “I would think we would,” says Ausmus. “That would definitely be high on the priority list. It’s a lot easier to say it’s high on the priority list. It’s a lot harder to do.” The Tigers traded Joakim Soria to the Pirates earlier this season and have tried a variety of other pitchers at closer, without much success. Their bullpen has been a significant problem all season, posting a 4.41 ERA that ranks fourth-worst in the big leagues. Here’s more out of Detroit.
- Included on that list of unsuccessful Tigers closers is Bruce Rondon, who produced a 5.81 ERA, 10.5 K/9 and 5.5 BB/9 before being sent home two weeks ago due to his “effort level.” Rondon won’t be guaranteed a spot in the Tigers’ 2016 bullpen. Iott notes (via Twitter) that the Tigers didn’t use an option on Rondon this season, so he has two remaining. Reserve catcher Bryan Holaday is, however, out of options.
- Tigers starter Alfredo Simon says he has struggled with a knee injury for most of the year, MLB.com’s Jason Beck tweets. He will have a platelet rich plasma injection today. Via Iott (on Twitter), Simon is interested in staying with the Tigers for 2016. Simon is headed toward free agency after a season in which he’s produced a 5.05 ERA, 5.6 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 in 187 innings in Detroit. He might have gotten a significant free agent deal had he been eligible last winter, when he was coming off a strong season with the Reds, but at 34 and after a mediocre season, that now seems unlikely.
Simon is the SP equivalent of the Dave Kingman, HR or strikeout.
He is not a Cy Young, but he is not useless either.
TEN games with either 0 or 1 run given up. That is what a #1 pitcher does.
His FIP/ERA/WAR all become good, if a manager understands to yank him early when he does not have it.