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Valverde's best offer reportedly from Tigers

Jan 13, 2010, 9:07 PM EST

The Detroit Tigers are making a bit of noise today regarding their bullpen situation.

First, Jason Beck of MLB.com tweets that they have avoided arbitration with reliever Joel Zumaya, signing him to a one-year contract at undisclosed terms (he made $735,000 last season).

Zumaya, a strikeout and walk machine who battled injuries all of last season — and once hurt himself playing Guitar Hero — figures to be the leading candidate to land Detroit’s closer job after Fernando Rodney wisely took an insane offer to join the Angels.

Don’t pencil Zumaya into that spot just yet, however. Jon Paul Morosi at Fox reports that the Tigers “are believed to have the biggest current offer out to free-agent closer Jose Valverde.”

He also writes that the sides aren’t close to an agreement, though. Despite leading the NL in saves in both 2007 and 2008, the market just hasn’t been there for Valverde this offseason, so the Tigers might be in good shape to land him if they just stay patient.

  1. pepe - Jan 13, 2010 at 10:55 PM

    A good signing, if it actually pans out. It’s nice to know the Tigers aren’t going to take a complete pass on ’10.

  2. Zonebrick - Jan 14, 2010 at 8:36 AM

    Gotta wonder why so little love for Valverde; is it just his asking price?

  3. Bob Harkins - Jan 14, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    His asking price, plus the fact that there just weren’t a lot of teams in the market for a closer this year. By the way it’s official.

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