The Tigers are having a change of heart about needing a proven closer to replace Jose Valverde.

That has generated speculation about the Cubs making Carlos Marmol available but the teams have not talked and there is no indication that Marmol is high on the Tigers’ list of alternatives, despite him pitching well in the second half of last season.

Marmol was statistically very effective after the All-Star break last year, although the Cubs did not need him on a regular basis. He was 12-for-13 in save situations while striking out 39 in 29 2/3 innings and holding opponents to a .194 batting average.

One question about Marmol is whether his wildness would play with Jim Leyland and the Tigers’ front office. A lack of command was a recurring problem for Valverde, who lost his job during the run to the World Series.