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Jim Leyland says Tigers re-signing Jose Valverde “has not even been discussed”

Mar 5, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported over the weekend that Jim Leyland “remains interested” in re-signing Jose Valverde as a “closer safety net,” but yesterday the manager pretty clearly shot that down.

“That’s not in the picture, trust me,” Leyland told Jason Beck of MLB.com. “That has not even been discussed.”

Six weeks ago Leyland said he was “totally shocked” and “heart-broken” that Valverde couldn’t find a job, but if that were true I wondered why Leyland hadn’t made the case for the Tigers to actually re-sign him. Obviously it’s possible that Leyland did make that case and general manager Dave Dombrowski simply squashed it, but in the above quote at least the manager suggests no conversation took place about Valverde coming back to Detroit.

And now Valverde isn’t even pitching in the World Baseball Classic due to “personal reasons.”

  1. hotdogfinger - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    What is the ongoing obsession with this non-story?

  2. innout10 - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Agreed… Let this one die out until some team signs him at the end of April

  3. historiophiliac - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Thank you, Aaron, for that extra daily dose of former-Tigers awesomeness. <3

    (And, I didn't even say I told you so.)

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