From the start, the Bruce Rondon experiment was a huge gamble.

The Tigers hoped this large, fun-loving rookie with the blazing fastball would walk in and take over as their closer.

But the problem is, he walked in and started walking people. And then they started hitting him. Hard.

On Monday, the Tigers pulled him off the hot seat. Rondon will skip his next outing and throw in the bullpen to work on his mechanics with Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones.

In the words of that great philosopher Astro: "Ruh-roh!"

To this point, Rondon has failed to prove he can be the team's closer.

Which leaves the Tigers with four options:

• 1. Trade for an experienced closer: This team is too talented to have a glaring weakness at the back of the bullpen.

Expect to hear lots of reports about potential trades. They have already started. I would expect the Tigers to explore every option.

But the Tigers do not have to panic. They still have a month until the season starts. They can wait to see whether Rondon comes around, or they could go with a committee until the trade deadline.

But for the right player, it would be worth it to make a trade. This team is built to win now.

Just like in 1984, late in spring training, the Tigers traded for Willie Hernandez, who won the Cy Young Award, the MVP and led the Tigers to the World Series.

Will history repeat itself?

• 2. Bring back Jose Valverde: Hey, don't scream at me. Valverde remains unsigned, but manager Jim Leyland has said Valverde is not in the plan.