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Jose Valverde designated for assignment by the Tigers

Jun 21, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT

Good night, Jose Valverde. Parting is such sweet sorrow. Mostly for opposing hitters:


This was inevitable. Valverde appeared in 20 games this season. His ERA is sitting at 5.59. He’s got nine saves but three blown saves and two day ago he was lit up like a pinball machine while doing mopup duty in a loss to the Orioles. Jim Leyland had clearly lost confidence in him. Heck, he only turned to him in the first place out of desperation.

It’s hard to see anyone wanting to take a chance on Papa Grande at this point. My guess is that he’ll be released outright by the Tigers in a few days and, at best, get a minor league deal from someone desperate for a live arm. A live arm which throws laser-straight fastballs and walks dudes at the worst possible time.

  1. proudlyfrenchcanadian - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Time to call up Rondon and his 1.01 ERA?

  2. serbingood - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Calling Brian Cashman. TIme for one more miracle player rebirth.

    • sandpiperair - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      Like Vernon Wells?

  3. historiophiliac - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    /spits right, spits left, does a little wiggle dance, looks toward home plate and does the upright worm, goes out and gets drunk to celebrate

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      I am not celebrating. The Jays play the Tigers in the first week of July. I wish that the Tigers had waited a couple of weeks.

      • aceshigh11 - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        What, no comment about how the Red Sox should snap him up?

        You’re slipping.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:38 PM

        I like the idea as conceptual art, but do not expect it to happen unless it is a minor league deal.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:53 PM

        Sorry, PC. We are not going easy on your Dickey, Wang, Johnson. Grrrrr!

      • detroitr1 - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:03 PM

        Pride comes before a fall

    • sabatimus - Jun 21, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      My brother calls Valverde “Joe Camel” for a reason.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 21, 2013 at 5:45 PM

        He thinks he’s smokin’?

      • sabatimus - Jun 21, 2013 at 5:49 PM

        Nah, cuz camels are known for spitting.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      Have fun storming the castle. Now if they’d just trade Inge 2.0….

      • historiophiliac - Jun 21, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        I’d be so close to wetting my pants.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 23, 2013 at 6:51 AM

        Now I have to root for that trade and rely on your honest reporting.

  4. blaze310 - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    thats awesome, i just pucked benoit last week. :-)

    • albertmn - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Sorry, but nobody cares about your (or anyone’s) fantasy team.

      • neoshweaty - Jun 21, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        especially when you cant be bothered to spell ‘picked up’ correctly.

      • sabatimus - Jun 21, 2013 at 5:45 PM

        Who says he spelled “picked up” incorrectly? I thought he hit “p” instead of “f”.

  5. valarmorghuliss - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Say hi to Al for us

    Too bad Albuquerque can’t throw strikes, if he could cut his walk rate in half

    He would still walk to many batters

    • historiophiliac - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      They’re bringing Alburquerque back up, so they will pass on the highway, I guess.

  6. dondada10 - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Avisail Garcia for Bobby Parnell. Do it.

  7. heyblueyoustink - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    He just needs a fresh start….. in South Korea.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      I think he needs to reunite with a beloved teammate in Philly.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:59 PM

        “Where do they teach you to talk like this? In some Panama City “Sailor wanna hump-hump” bar, or is it getaway day and your last shot at his whiskey? Sell crazy someplace else, we’re all stocked up here.”

      • historiophiliac - Jun 21, 2013 at 5:05 PM

        What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.

  8. sportsdrenched - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    I’m happy to hear about this. Out of all the Royals divisional opponents…this guy irritated me the most even when the Royals gave him a blown save.

  9. jkaflagg - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Surprised he was brought back at all in light of last year’s playoff disaster; even when he started fairly well this year, the question of how he would do under playoff pressure still loomed… a way, his recent failure might be a good thing for Detroit, forcing them to address their bullpen problems now rather than face another desperate Phil Coke flier in the playoffs…..

  10. vincentbojackson - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Good move. Would have been a great move if it would have been made a month ago.

    He had nine saves and looked shaky in every one. Hoping guys fly out to the warning track is not the best approach for a big league closer.

  11. aceshigh11 - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Looking back to how dominant Valverde was only a few short years ago, it continues to astound how short the shelf life of most relief pitchers is, especially closers…

    …which makes Mariano’s achievements all the more inhuman.

  12. DJ MC - Jun 21, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    I assume he has his real estate agent looking for a nice place in Camden, Bridgeport or Islip right now.

  13. mgv38 - Jun 21, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Stick a fork in him: the Big Potato is done.

  14. turdfurgerson68 - Jun 21, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Wouldn’t mind if Farrell and the Red Sox could work with him, but he’ll never fall that far through waviers.

  15. crookedstick - Jun 21, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    I usually feel somewhat sorry when guys are DFA’d near the end of their career in that they didn’t get to go out on “their own terms”. But not this guy. Good riddance to this egotistical POS!

  16. thomas844 - Jun 21, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    I bet the Cardinals will pick him up and he’ll be back to his dominant self. Heck, that happens with any player who is struggling or past their prime once they join the Cardinals.

  17. hieronymous27 - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    DFA’ing Valverde was the best thing the Tigers could have done for the guy. Deep down Papa Grande is a very insecure individual. All the grandstanding and hot-dogging he did was an act. You can say all you want about his baseball skills eroding, but Valverde’s biggest problem is between his ears. It was getting to be an embarrassment keeping him on a MLB roster when his confidence was so shot that he probably was afraid to pitch. In some respects I actually feel sorry for him.

  18. jetsfan79 - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    That’s what happens when you do a ridiculous dance after a strikeout

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