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Jose Valverde throwing for scouts in Dominican Republic

Mar 28, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

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While the Tigers are prepared to begin the season with a closer-by-committee approach, Jose Valverde is still out there looking for a job.

According to Jason Beck of, Valverde’s agent, Scott Boras, said today that his client has thrown bullpen sessions for scouts from multiple teams in recent days in his native Dominican Republic and has more planned. Boras declined to say which teams have taken a look at Valverde thus far, but he expects a deal to come together fairly soon once the upcoming workouts are complete.

“Our plan was to wait and see what closer options availed themselves at this time,” Boras said.

After finishing fifth in the AL Cy Young Award balloting in 2011, Valverde averaged a career-low 6.3 K/9 last season and lost his grip on the closer role during the Tigers’ World Series run. The 35-year-old right-hander is open to a one-year deal, but a reunion with Detroit is considered “highly unlikely.”

  1. knowlegeforyou - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    He could be a good set up guy but not a closer

  2. historiophiliac - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    I really need someone to pick him up to make my off-season joy complete. He’s the last of the former Tigers that needs a good home. C’mon. Someone take him. You know you want to…or I want you to.

    • Old Gator - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      I do volunteer animal rescue work on weekends from time to time. Even three legged dogs get adopted. So will he. Boras just has to play up his lovability and the sympathy factor will do the rest.

      • rbj1 - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        Thanks for doing that OG. I did adopt a three legged dog.

  3. padraighansen - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    If Axford struggles out of the gate…while they may go to Henderson, I could see Jose landing in MKE, as well.

  4. drewsylvania - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    They’ve finally prevented him from doctoring the baseball, methinks.

  5. jabberwock3 - Mar 29, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    As a Tiger fan who had to sit through his fails last year and watch all that crap he went through before he sucked at what he was getting paid to do, I sincerely hope he does get a closer’s job in the majors again, preferably with a team in the Central Division.

  6. judahbenhur - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    I can see Valverde landing with the Angels now that they have 14 million freed up by trading Vernon Wells. The team looks great– except for the bullpen. Madson won’t be ready till mid May and literally every other reliever has been getting lit. Could just be spring and that it is sometimes harder for relievers to get ready because they’re throwing less innings– thus they have fewer reps to work through their mechanical issues– but the Angels aren’t comfortable with their pen– notice three signings two days ago looking for arms.

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