Bits: Jose Valverde set to close for Tigers
April, 24, 2013
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
The Detroit Tigers were rained out at home against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night, but Jim Leyland's crew still made arguably the biggest news of the fantasy day: by not only signing established but recycled closer Jose Valverde to a one-year contract but also announcing that if the team had a save situation Wednesday, the 35-year-old right-hander would get the chance to close it out. So much for working him back slowly into the bullpen!
This news isn't overly surprising to me. After all, it has been discussed quite a bit on the Friday Fantasy Focus Baseball podcasts with me and Tristan H. Cockcroft, and there's even a pending board bet on the topic. (I've had the over on 25 saves for three weeks now.) Nevertheless, it's sending fantasy owners everywhere looking for Valverde on the free-agent wire while wondering what the Tigers are thinking.
David Maxwell/Getty ImagesJose Valverde had his share of down moments in 2012, but he still managed to save 35 games.