Let me try to address everyone’s suggestions:
Aardsma is in AA as a starter to work on his off speed pitches. He’s been dominating, but he still isn’t ready for the big leagues right now. Same goes for Valdez.
Foppert has been having some problems of his own, specifically a blister. It’s doubtful he’ll get called up soon.
Last year the Tigers wanted Matt Cain and another prospect. I can only imagine what they want this year. That isn’t going to happen.
Julio may be a possibility, but would he better than what they have now? Not much.
Williams was sent down to work on his control problems. So no, I don’t think they’ll be bringing him up to close.
If they really wanted to convert a starter into a closer, which I don’t believe will happen, it would most likely be Tomko since he’s usually pretty good the first time through the order and he has gas.
All indications/speculation today is that it will be Brower and Fassero. Fassero because he has some experience closing out games.
I believe that they’ll take a wait and see approach to this. They’ll see how they can get by with a CBC. And when Bonds returns, they’ll gauge at how well both he and the team are doing. If Bonds returns to his pre-surgery form (which I don’t believe will happen) and they feel the team has a shot, then I believe they’ll go out and trade for a closer rather than a CF as has been previously speculated. If they feel the team doesn’t have a shot, then they won’t be trading any of their pitching prospects.
But for now, it’s going to be a wait and see approach.