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Jose Valverde might have been fibbing about getting offers from Yankees and Mets

Apr 25, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Back in February, when Jose Valverde was still looking for work, a report that he was close to signing with the Marlins was almost immediately shot down and called “a typical ploy by Scott Boras.”

I bring this up because yesterday, when Valverde spoke to the Detroit media upon rejoining the Tigers, he told reporters that the Yankees and Mets were among several teams that had made him major-league contract offers that he turned down.

That seemed odd, because until two weeks ago Valverde was unemployed. And sure enough when asked about Valverde’s claim Yankees general manager Brian Cashman emphatically denied offering him a major-league deal or a minor-league deal. In fact, Cashman said “false, false, false” and explained that the Yankees never even had negotiations with Valverde. But wait, what about the Mets? Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that they didn’t make Valverde an offer either.

Who knows if Valverde was fibbing or if he was simply working off less than accurate information relayed to him by his agent, but either way … he wasn’t turning down big-league offers this offseason.

  1. historiophiliac - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    There was this guy in middle school that all the girls made out with, but I never kissed him once.

  2. darthicarus - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Behind Valverde was a TV with a PS3 hooked up & MLB The Show loaded up…I’m sure that’s where the confusion is coming from. Jose probably spent days mulling over the offers he was getting in-game.

  3. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    This is a great picture … looks like he’s assuming the position for a bowel movement, right there on the mound. Of course, crapping himself on the hill is something Jose perfected during the 2012 postseason.

    • Old Gator - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      And from that look on his face, he’s having a problem, too. Here:

      http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/digestive/c_multi_megacolon#.UXlDDrVqmSo

  4. pisano - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Might have been fibbing? you can make book on it, he couldn’t pay the Yankees to take him. I don’t think the Mets would want him either. This guys an explosion waiting to happen.

    • Old Gator - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Under the circumstances, perhaps you want to re-phrase that. How about “meltdown”?

      • pisano - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        Gator…. I didn’t look before I leaped, bad timing. Bless the people of Boston.

  5. skeleteeth - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Wow, he literally takes dumps on the mound.

    • Old Gator - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      It’s been done. See above.

  6. scoocha - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    I don’t know why people/media are so confused with his fall from the top. Look at history, when a closer has a season like Valverde did in 2011, said closer’s numbers drop back down to Earthly levels. It’s called regression to the mean, he can’t be held up to those standards since he doesn’t possess the requisite skill.

  7. LoneWolfArcher - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    1-2-3 last night! Take that you haters!

    Funny how you immediately assume the Hispanic is lying, but the white General Manager is completely truthful.

    Bottom line, this is a he-said she-said, and none of you know the truth.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      Or maybe because it made no sense for the Yanks to go after a shitty reliever when they had a stacked pen?

      • pisano - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:31 PM

        Kevin S…….” I’ll buy that,” as the late Tom Snyder used to say.

    • chacochicken - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      I don’t think that they believe the latino player is lying so much as we all think his (white) smarmiest of smarmy agents may be a little mendacious.

      • jwbiii - Apr 25, 2013 at 6:50 PM

        Really?

        http://deadspin.com/5861982/dan-lozano-albert-pujolss-superagent-king-of-sleaze-mountain

      • chacochicken - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:09 PM

        There is smarmy and then there is horrible bastard.

  8. 13arod - Apr 25, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    jose Valverde and scott boarris should be fined for lying about teams intersted in him

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