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Jose Valverde’s deal with Tigers worth at least $2 million

Apr 24, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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Not only is Jose Valverde going directly from the minors to reclaiming the Tigers’ closer role, Jon Morosi of reports that his one-year contract is worth $2 million upfront and another $3 million in potential incentives.

Pretty good for a 35-year-old who wasn’t really wanted back by the Tigers until very recently and struggled to find work of any kind all winter after following up a mediocre regular season with a dreadful postseason.

Valverde was paid $9 million last season, so if we assume most of his incentives are reachable and prorate everything for his missing most of April they’re basically getting him back for around half that price.


  1. sparty0n - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Are you kidding me????? $2mil for a guy that was begging for a job!

    • polegojim - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      Exactly… why is he even still wearing the D?

      I love him… but Leylands strength… loyalty… can totally become his weakness.

      Valverde is a classic example.

  2. sarcasticks - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    The secret to getting/keeping a job is to suck slightly less than the next most reasonable option.

  3. historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Of course it is. Fuck me running.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:18 PM


    • cur68 - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      This is what it takes to mend a broken heart. $$$$$

      Anyhow, I’m looking forward to his next dance move.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 24, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        I sang for you earlier, I hope you saw. Not that disco crap — good wholesome patriotmusik.

        /meanwhile, furtively looks for the finger gesture to cut and paste

  4. rbj1 - Apr 24, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Todd Jones is thinking of a come back now.

  5. sabatimus - Apr 24, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    If I’m the Tigers I don’t pay him even the league minimum to come back to the team.

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