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Jose Valverde is getting offers

Jan 7, 2010, 5:31 PM EST

After a couple of months of looking like the guy who would be left without a seat in the great closer musical chairs game of 2009-2010, Jose Valverde finally has some offers according to Yahoo!’s Tim Brown. Four to be precise, including one from the Tigers and one from the Diamondbacks. MLB Trade Rumors notes that the Blue Jays, Marlins, A’s and Pirates could all use an experienced closer like Valverde, but that none of them seem poised to pay him what he probably wants.

For the record, here are the notable closer deals so far this winter, in most to least palatable contracts:

  • Mike Gonzalez, Orioles, two years, $12 million;
  • Billy Wagner, Braves, one year, $7 million;
  • Fernando Rodney, Angels, two years, $11 million;
  • Brandon Lyon, Astros, three years, $15 million.

I figure that Valverde wouldn’t get a multi-year deal, but you never know what the Tigers are going to do. Let’s pull one year, $5 million with some incentives out of our rear, shall we?

  1. jwb - Jan 7, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    Don’t forget that Gonzalez and Wagner were A-type free agents costing compensation picks and making them somewhat less palatable.

  2. scatterbrian - Jan 7, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    I don’t see Oakland as a fit at all. They have ROY Andrew Bailey slated to close, backed up by Brad Ziegler and Michael Wuertz, and Joey Devine returning. Their bullpen is about as deep as any in baseball. Besides, Oakland generally lets other teams pay for closers, so it’s hard to see them starting now, with that bullpen and without a real chance to compete this season.

  3. APBA Guy - Jan 7, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    “MLB Trade Rumors notes that the Blue Jays, Marlins, A’s and Pirates could all use an experienced closer like Valverde”
    I thought we, meaning the on-line community, had established long ago that the only teams who “need” an experienced closer are teams in contention. The Marlins are the only team likely to to possibly fit that description, and it’s a reach for them being in the same division as the Phillies.
    As for the A’s, last time I checked, this was their closer situation:
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?playerId=30096
    or
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?playerId=6387
    Both of those guys (Bailey or Devine) make the minimum.
    Valverde at x millions or Bailey/Devine for $ 400k. Hmmm.

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