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Lynn Henning of the Detroit Free Press shoots down any thoughts of the Tigers acquiring big time bullpen health.  The team will rely on the healthy return of Joel Zumaya and Fernando Rodney along with recent acquisitions Macay McBride and Jose Capellan.  (ed:  Is it wise to rely on pitchers that the Braves deal?)  With news that Zumaya's finger is fine and building up arm strength is the only roadblock in his return, he could be the best "acquisition".

As a matter of fact (if "fact" is defined as "a mainstream columnist says the same"),
ESPN's Jerry Crasnick lists Zumaya as the 2nd best player returning from the disabled list in his "Starting 9" column.  He also mentioned the Tigers have also been monitoring Royals closer Octavio Dotel and Nationals' close Chad Cordero.  Neither of those two current closers can veto a trade based on remaining the closer of their new team as the Rangers' Eric Gagne can do.

There should be some caution before getting on the Zumaya-as-the-Savior bandwagon.  Baseball Prospectus' Will Carroll said it best:

...until he starts snapping off the powerful fastballs and spinning breaking balls up there, we won't have any real idea how the finger is. Yes, he says it feels good, but that's hardly an impartial or knowledgeable source."