THE BULLPEN

The Detroit News - - TIGERS -

The con­tes­tants: Right-han­ders Shane Greene (closer), Joe Jimenez (set-up), Drew VerHa­gen, Buck Farmer, Vic­tor Al­can­tara, Louis Cole­man, Reed Gar­rett (Rule 5), Sandy Baez, Zac Reininger; left-han­ders Daniel Stumpf, Blaine Hardy, Matt Hall, Jose Fer­nan­dez.

The skinny: Twelve of those pitch­ers worked last sea­son. And by the end, VerHa­gen, Farmer, Al­can­tara, Hardy and Stumpf, as well as Greene and Jimenez, had earned the trust of the coach­ing staff and seem­ingly so­lid­i­fied their spots. That’s a full bullpen back, which will put the heat on Gar­rett, Cole­man and Baez, es­pe­cially. The bat­tle: VerHa­gen and Farmer are out of op­tions, which means they would be sub­jected to waivers if they don’t make the squad. VerHa­gen al­ready has been DFA’d once and re-signed. So has Cole­man. Gar­rett is go­ing to be given ev­ery chance to win a spot, just like Rule 5 out­fielder Vic­tor Reyes was last sea­son. The Tigers like his power arm and be­lieve if he gets his com­mand is­sues solved, he can be a use­ful player.

The wild card: The Tigers scouts like Fer­nan­dez, whom they claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays. He will turn 26 later this month, and af­ter hav­ing a solid stretch at Triple-A Buf­falo last year and a strong show­ing in the Do­mini­can Win­ter League, the Tigers feel he could be find­ing his niche. He fea­tures a mid-90s fast­ball and a sharp cut­ter.

The fore­cast: It’s go­ing to be an­other re­volv­ing door. The closer role may

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