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MLB Betting News – Detroit Tigers Looking For Some Bullpen Help

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We all saw this coming — Danny Knobler of CBSSports reports Thursday that the Detroit Tigers are pushing hard for some new pitchers for the bullpen, despite the club’s relief corps pitching very well as a unit and Jose Valverde getting the job done in the ninth inning.

Detroit TigersCubs closer Carlos Marmol is one of the first names popping up in rumorville, but San Diego’s Huston Street also could be available. The Blue Jays’ tough start to the season could make Casey Janssen a trade piece, too. Miami’s Steve Cishek figures to be a name thrown around before the trade deadline. The Tigers, however, may not necessarily be looking for a closer.

Among the non-closers that could be of interest to the Tigers include Jesse Crain and Matt Lindstrom of the Chicago White Sox, and perhaps left-hander Matt Thornton, as well. Street’s setup team — Dale Thayer and Luke Gregerson — could be attractive in the seventh and eighth innings and the Mets may be willing to move a veteran such as Frank Francisco or Brandon Lyon.

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As the deadline nears, clubs that fade or fail to push for contention — perhaps including the Philadelphia Phillies — could put their relief corps on the market. The Oakland Athletics may be another club with high-leverage relievers that might make sense for contenders. Ryan Cook and Grant Balfour each have closing experience.

The Blue Jays could consider moving veteran Darren Oliver, a move that would give the Tigers a second experienced lefty for late in games.

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