MLB Rumors: Jose Valverde

Drastic changes at RP for Mets 

May, 15, 2014
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The team leader is saves so far this season for the New York Mets is Kyle Farnsworth, who has successfully closed out three victories for the team. However, that total will not be getting any higher, as the Mets unexpectedly and unceremoniously released the veteran pitcher on Wednesday.

Time to move on from Valverde? 

April, 20, 2014
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Last night's New York Mets game had to be frustrating for manager Terry Collins. His team scored two runs in both the eighth and ninth innings of a game against the Atlanta Braves -- the latter pair off of closer Craig Kimbrel -- and yet, they still lost because their own closer, Jose Valverde gave up a three-run blast to Justin Upton in the top of the ninth.

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Mets still trust in Valverde? 

April, 17, 2014
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The New York Mets were in the process of completing a sweep on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks, with a 5-0 lead entering the bottom of the ninth inning. Although it was not a save situation, manager Terry Collins turned to closer Jose Valverde to finish things off. It's a good thing the score wasn't closer to begin with.

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Will Mets make move to replace Parnell? 

April, 7, 2014
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The New York Mets will be without closer Bobby Parnell for the remainder of the 2014 season, as the pitcher has opted to undergo Tommy John surgery to fix a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right elbow.

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Tuesday Roundup: All eyes on Seattle? 

December, 17, 2013
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All eyes continue to be on the Seattle Mariners, as a good many trade rumors continue to center on the Pacific Northwest.

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Closing in Detroit 

June, 22, 2013
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The Jose Valverde Era in Detroit appears to be over. Again.

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Porcello won't close 

June, 8, 2013
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In case you were wondering, the Detroit Tigers are unlikely to use Rick Porcello in a role other than starting pitcher.

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Bullpen options for Detroit 

May, 16, 2013
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I think a lot of those in and around the game saw this coming, but here it is -- Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports Thursday that the Detroit Tigers are pushing hard to add some bullpen help, despite the club's relief corps pitching very well as a unit and Jose Valverde getting the job done in the ninth inning.

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Time for Tigers to pursue Street? 

April, 17, 2013
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We mentioned earlier this week that Jose Valverde pitched two scoreless innings in his second appearance for the Detroit Tigers’ extended spring training squad. While it may be a stretch to call his performance against a Canadian junior national team a step forward, it was not a step back.


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Progress for Valverde 

April, 16, 2013
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Jose Valverde pitched two scoreless innings Monday in his second appearance for the Detroit Tigers’ extended spring training squad. While it may be a stretch to call his performance against a Canadian junior national team a step forward, it was not a step back.


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Tigers closer role settled? 

April, 11, 2013
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Detroit Tigers skipper Jim Leyland almost ended the suuspense. He almost named a closer. Jason Beck of MLB.com reported Wednesday that Leyland says Joaquin Benoit is the most equipped to handle the ninth inning. Matter settled, right?

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Valverde's role in Detroit 

April, 5, 2013
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Veteran reliever Jose Valverde signed a minor league deal to return to the Detroit Tigers, but the club has no commitment to Valverde in terms of a big-league roster spot, reports MLB.com's Jason Beck.

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Jays' relief search urgent? 

April, 4, 2013
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The Toronto Blue Jays are still looking to add a relief pitcher and CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman tweeted earlier this winter that the club wants a setup man capable of closing. Such an arm shouldn't be too difficult to find, but the free agent market has thinned of such veteran relievers with ninth-inning experience.

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Valverde, anyone? 

March, 29, 2013
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With Kyle Lohse having signed with the Milwaukee Brewers, the game's top remaining free agent is reliever Jose Valverde, formerly of the Detroit Tigers. Unlike Lohse, Valverde will not require the signing club to surrender a draft pick, yet there has been very little interest of which to speak.

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Who needs a closer? 

March, 22, 2013
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The Detroit Tigers have been planning on giving prospect Bruce Rondon the first shot to serve as their closer in 2013, which means they'd be handing narrow leads to a 22-year-old with just nine games experience above Double-A baseball. This concept has drawn questions from fans and media, but the club is sticking to their guns, writes Lynn Henning of the Detroit News.

Such a stance kept the club from considering free agents Rafael Soriano, Ryan Madson, Joakim Soria and Kyle Farnsworth. The Tigers also decided against trading for Joel Hanrahan, who went to the Red Sox.

While former Giants closer Brian Wilson, who's recovering from his second Tommy John surgery, has been mentioned as a possibility, GM Dave Dombrowski told MLB.com's Jason Beck that Wilson wants to close -- and the Tigers can't make that promise right now.

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