On Wednesday, the Detroit Tigers sent representatives to watch three free agent pitchers. Kip Wells, Mark Lowe, and Ryan Rowland Smith all threw bullpen session for seven teams. Some of the other teams include the A’s, Dodgers, and Blue Jays.
Seeing this report on Mlive.com, I started to ponder the question, should the Tigers really sign one of these three guys? Or any other pitcher for that matter?
Looking at the Tigers roster, I feel like they could use a veteran relief pitcher to just have enough protection for the younger arms that will more than likely be included in the bullpen for the 2013 season.
A couple of possibilities I think would fit this team well would be either Brandon Lyon or Jon Rauch. Both guys have played on a few teams in the big leagues and throw pretty fast, which is a common theme in the Tigers’ bullpen.
Lyon, who pitched last year with the Blue Jays, had a 4-2 record in 61 innings pitched with a 3.10 earned run average. He also had 63 strikeouts in those 61 innings.
As for Rauch, he pitched for the New York Mets last season, posting a 3-7 record with a 3.59 ERA in 57.2 innings.
I would prefer to have the Tigers sign Lyon but I think that both guys could provide a veteran presence in the bullpen. Also, it would be nice to have them just in case someone gets hurt because you never know what can happened at anytime during the baseball season.
But for now, spring training is a few days away and I’m excited as ever for another year of Tigers baseball. Here is a highlight video from last season: