It is highly debatable if the Tigers truly did lose anything out of their bullpen in the pieces they lost. Albuquerque enjoyed some success while in Detroit but never could find the strike zone. Gorzelanny changed his delivery, arm slot and still failed miserably at getting anyone out, and after Feliz was picked up on waivers from the Texas Rangers, he did little to mitigate the assumptions that the once former All Star closer will ever recapture his form ever again.
After years of near championship runs and faltering bullpens, Avila has made the Tigers bullpen something that could actually be capable of not posting league worst ERAs year in and year out.
The Tigers started the offseason by acquiring K-Rod from the Milwaukee Brewers but didn’t stop there. Their next move was signing free agent right hander Mark Lowe to a two year deal and then topped of their bullpen moves by stealing the hard throwing lefty Justin Wilson from the New York Yankees.
With the quietly good Alex Wilson already in the Tigers bullpen, the once mediocre bullpen now has some solid arms with Avila’s outstanding additions this offseason.