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Tigers release Jose Valverde

Aug 7, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT

Jose Valverde AP

Jose Valverde has been pitching at Triple-A since the Tigers designated him for assignment and he passed through waivers unclaimed in late June, saving seven games with a 4.09 ERA and 10/6 K/BB ratio in 11 innings for Toledo.

And today the Tigers released him.

Shockingly, it turns out that being a “proven closer” doesn’t matter much when you’re no longer actually a good pitcher, although it took the Tigers a while to realize that while letting Valverde throw 19 innings with a 5.59 ERA in the ninth-inning role he ceased deserving long ago.

I suppose technically Valverde was right about only being in the minors for a short time. At age 35 he’ll no doubt have to settle for another minor-league deal if he decides to keep playing.

  1. buffal0sportsfan - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Good guy just not so much a good pitcher. I’ll miss his dancing on the mound but that’s about it

  2. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    finally

  3. historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Unclaimed??? No way.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      Alas! It really did happen.

    • nbjays - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:18 PM

      Excuse me, ma’am… your sarcasm is showing.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        So sorry.

  4. shipitplease - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    You mean to tell me that you can’t just keep throwing pitches with no movement down the middle of the plate and expect to keep a job in the majors?

  5. jarathen - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Welcome to Anaheim. Mr. Valverde.

    • kevinbnyc - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      At current pace, Valverde might be an upgrade over Frieri.

  6. Detroit Michael - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    I believe Valverde’s single-A Lakeland statistics are from April.

    In triple-A Toledlo, Valerde’s stat line is 11 innings, 10 K, 6 BB, 1 HR, 14 hits, 5 earned runs. Thanks to http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=valver001jos for the info

  7. philliesblow - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    In Feb 2012 my son & I went to Tigers spring training. Valverde was one of the most accommodating players when it came to signing autographs and posing for pictures with the kids. So from that aspect I’ll always have respect for him. In the end though, these guys get paid millions to perform at an exceptional level that you & I could only dream of doing. Looks like the end of the road for him. Hopefully he’s invested wisely and has a comfortable life ahead of him.

  8. bfunk1978 - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    If you really love something set it free. If it comes back it’s yours to keep.

    #waivers

  9. thomas844 - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    One-year wonder

  10. Francisco (FC) - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Tigers release Jose Valverde

    Didn’t this happen before?

    • nbjays - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      Yep, it’s deja vu all over again.

  11. tribescribe - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Statistically, Valverde doesn’t look much different than the pitcher he was in 2011. His xFIP, K/9, LOB%, GB% are all very similar. His FB velocity is down a tick in a limited sample size. The main difference seems to be that, in 2013, he threw a few more fat splitters that got hit over the fence. He’ll be back.

    • weaselpuppy - Aug 7, 2013 at 6:55 PM

      Un-Statistically, he’s completely funked up in the head and he can’t throw his split finger. So, statistically speaking, He’s hosed as a closer with a straight fastball and nothing else. He’s all done.

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