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Jose Valverde thinks he’s only gonna be in the minors a short time

Jul 4, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

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Jose Valverde wants Tigers fans to know that they’re not safe from him for long. Here’s what he told Jeff Seidel Detroit Free Press:

“I didn’t have a spring training,” Valverde had said, a few hours earlier in the clubhouse. “I think this is like a spring training.”

“Will you be here for six weeks?” I asked.

“Hell no,” he said, in a big booming voice. “I’ll be here two or three weeks. Something like that.”

And with that Jim Leyland lit another Winston, shook his head and imagined what life would be like if he had even a mediocre bullpen to work with.

  1. flamethrower101 - Jul 4, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    If he pitches like he did in 2011, sure he’ll only be there a couple of weeks. But I don’t see that happening.

  2. joenash72 - Jul 4, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    I thought Jim Leyland was the Marlboro Man ?

  3. heyblueyoustink - Jul 4, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    • historiophiliac - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Stick it in your honker, phan!

  4. philliesblow - Jul 4, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Wiggles is right, it will only be 2 or 3 weeks. It will only take that long for the Tigers to come to their complete senses and out right release his dancin’ butt.

  5. nbjays - Jul 4, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    And in other news, Jim Leyland tells Valverde to STFU.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      That’s not Leyland’s style. Maybe a HBPiD instead?

  6. pisano - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Valverde’s delusional.

  7. 2dmo4 - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    I really hope the closest he ever comes to Detroit again is where he is right now….60 miles away in Toledo.

  8. sandpiperair - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    I can’t get past that picture of him. What a jerk.

  9. 13arod - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Ian surprised Boston doesn’t t Try to get him

    • historiophiliac - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      They should totally do that!

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        That was an ugly comment – but I’m still voting for Delmon.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:29 PM

        Why, you’re welcome! 😀

  10. straightouttavtown - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    I know it’s fashionable to pick on Valverde, but with the state of their bullpen, Valverde’s immediate demotion from closer to minor league screams scapegoating. I mean, come on you trusted him enough to close, why can’t you just demote him to a low leverage situational reliever role? Sure, he had a couple of blow ups but the peripherals look good (striking out one batter per inning, holding batters to a .237 batting average), which indicate the ERA will normalize over time. Phil Coke has been worse. So are Bruce Rondon and Darin Downs.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      But Smyly, Alburquerque and Benoit have been better.

  11. historiophiliac - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Our bullpen is so mediocre! Troll. >:( Wait. What? Dammit.

  12. henryd3rd - Jul 4, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Would someone please explain to me how Tigers’ GM Dave Dombrowski keeps getting a free pass on the weakness of the Tigers’ bullpen? He’s been aware of Papa Grande’s problems for two seasons now and not improved that situation yet!

    • Minoring In Baseball - Jul 4, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      I agree. He’s had two seasons to move some prospects or sign bullpen help. The big contracts don’t help that situation, but in ‘win now’ mode, they cant’ just rely on their big guns to score runs.

  13. dracko19 - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    The current relief leader tandem in WAR in the AL are Smyly and Benoit. Tigers have a lock down 8-9th inning duo. Rest of the bullpen is coming around and Jimbo even admitted that Coke is just a LH specialist. Tigers are about to get on a roll. Papa Grande in D-Town is no longer an option

  14. xjokerz - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:53 AM


  15. Detroit Michael - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    The Tigers’ bullpen is OK. ERA for the bullpen is 3.95 YTD, compared to the AL average of 3.72. Hence, I disagree with the last sentence of this post. The problem has been that Leyland trusted clutch situations to Valverde and Coke. Leyland was handed a mediocre bullpen but made the problem worse.

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