DETROIT -- The Tigers continue to hold discussions with the agent for free-agent reliever Brandon Lyon, who could end up making a decision on a team next week.

Agent Barry Meister said Friday evening that he's in the process of weighing interest from teams. At this point, however, Lyon is not considering a formal offer from Detroit or other clubs, though potential contract terms are believed to have been discussed. Three or four clubs are currently involved in the quest for the 29-year-old right-hander's services, including Detroit and Minnesota.

In the Tigers' case, Lyon would be eyeing a chance at the closer's job, a role he held for most of last season in Arizona.

Lyon saved 26 games last year for the Diamondbacks, 19 of them in a solid first half to the season before the D-backs traded for Jon Rauch down the stretch and Lyon shifted into a setup role. He finished with a 4.70 ERA and .301 batting average allowed. A year earlier, Lyon was one of baseball's top setup men, racking up 35 holds and two saves while blowing just three save situations behind then-closer Jose Valverde.

Lyon spent the last four seasons in Arizona after opening his career in the American League -- first as a starter in Toronto in 2001-02, then in relief with the Red Sox in 2003. He has pitched in a variety of roles, which potentially fits the Tigers well, as manager Jim Leyland tries to rework a bullpen that struggled last season in the late innings and finished with Fernando Rodney as the closer.

With Rodney returning and Joel Zumaya now on a throwing program following surgery last September to repair a stress fracture in his throwing shoulder, Lyon could become a veteran cog in Detroit alongside them.

Meanwhile, the Tigers' search for other parts in their bullpen continues. They're in active discussions regarding free-agent lefty John Parrish, who has a half-dozen teams showing interest.

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Parrish made six starts and seven relief appearances with the Blue Jays last year in a couple different stints. He forced his way back into the big leagues by going 10-1 with a 2.97 ERA at Triple-A Syracuse, mostly as a starter. His success last year and his arsenal has earned him attention in what has been a slow-moving lefty relief market.

Other free-agent lefties, such as Will Ohman and Joe Beimel, are expected to determine how quickly the rest of the market moves. Once one signs, the rest could soon follow.