One of the things that's been lost in the shuffle this offseason is the fact that the Detroit Tigers have quietly put together a great competition for one of the most important spots in any bullpen.
That spot, of course, is the left-handed specialist.
Gone is the inconsistent Phil Coke, but returning to the fray are the opportunistic Ian Krol and Blaine Hardy, both of whom performed at a major league level at times in 2014 when they were badly needed. Also added to the mix is Tom Gorzelanny, who's been a consistent, serviceable performer throughout his well-traveled career.
Add to that minor-league options like Kyle Ryan and Joe Mantiply, and it's clear the Tigers are working from a position of strength. Whomever makes the roster will have likely earned the job thanks to plenty of personal toil in training camp.
On the outset, it appears as if the team will carry a pair of lefty pitchers into the season. Going into camp, that didn't look to be the case, but Detroit signed Gorzelanny a few weeks back to a one-year deal, and it's likely they want the stability of at least one proven lefty arm for the bullpen to rely on.Read more... Join the Conversation...