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Jose Valverde will be the Mets’ primary setup man

Mar 27, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Not only has Jose Valverde secured a spot in the Mets’ bullpen six weeks after joining the team on a minor-league deal, manager Terry Collins said yesterday that the 36-year-old will begin the season as the primary setup man.

And with closer Bobby Parnell potentially not being available for a full workload as he returns from a herniated disk in his neck it’s possible that Valverde may even get some early season save opportunities.

It’s quite a comeback for Valverde, who had a 5.59 ERA in 20 appearances for the Tigers before being released last season and was largely viewed as an afterthought signing. Vic Black‘s struggles opened the door for Valverde to grab hold of a bigger role and Papa Grande will try to show he’s got a little something left in the tank.

  1. stex52 - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Bombs away!!!

  2. nymets4ever - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    I am happy to have Valverde on the team, I think he can still pitch. The big ballpark and the lower pressure of setting up rather than closing will help him, and he will be the veteran leader for a young relief corps…

    • historiophiliac - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      I am so thrilled for you and look forward to your posts about him all season.

      /grabs popocorn

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        I am thrilled that you are thrilled.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        Are you ready for your surgery? Did you have to do pre-hab?

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:18 AM

        I am ready for it on Monday. I had the pre-op work done last week. Blood tests and X-Rays plus an interview about my medical history etc..

    • fusionix7 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      You know Comerica Park is a big ballpark as well? Valverde did a great job of making it look small though.

  3. stekaz - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    The difference from the Tigers being that the Mets have enough arms in the minors that if Valverde doesn’t pitch well he’ll won’t see Memorial Day on the roster. Just seems they preferred not to have a bullpen of young kids.

  4. straightouttavtown - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    He had solid peripherals last season. A couple of bad outings inflated his ERA but he shouldn’t have gotten thrown under the bus by the Tigers when their entire bullpen was struggling at the time.

    • jwbiii - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      2.8 HR/9 is solid? Uh, ok.

  5. crashdavis99 - Mar 27, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Jose Valverde is to closers as Jack Kevorkian is to doctors!
    Good luck Mets fans, you have been warned.

    • oldtigerstadium71 - Mar 28, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      That’s a bit harsh crashdavis99, but as a Detroit Tigers fan I understand where you’re coming from. He seemed to sag at the most important moments; postseason play and World Series.

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