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  1. The Tigers and Phil Coke agree to a one-year deal

    Nov 21, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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    The Tigers just announced that they’ve reached a one-year deal with Phil Coke. Coke’s a lefty specialist that, presumably, will be paid like a lefty specialist. Of course, early in the year he was given a shot at the closer’s role as Jim Leyland cast about for replacements for Jose Valverde. Coke did poorly with…

  2. Mariano Rivera notches ninth 40-save season

    Sep 3, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

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    It just got a little more difficult to manufacture a save record not held by Mariano Rivera. The 43-year-old picked up his 40th save Tuesday against the White Sox, reaching that plateau for the ninth time in his illustrious career. That ties Trevor Hoffman for the most of all-time. No one else has more than…

  3. Phil Coke goes from Tigers’ playoff closer to Triple-A

    Aug 21, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Phil Coke was one of the heroes of the Tigers’ playoff run last season, taking over for Jose Valverde as the primary closer while allowing one run in 10.2 innings. And now, less than a year later, he’s been demoted to Triple-A. Coke’s performance this season certainly hasn’t been pretty with a 5.00 ERA in…

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

    Jul 4, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    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?”…

  5. You’re not done with Jose Valverde yet, Tigers fans

    Jun 27, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Usually when a player is designated for assignment they end up getting released. Established major leaguers anyway, as they’d prefer to not opt for a minor league assignment, choosing instead to try to latch on elsewhere. Not Jose Valverde, though: Valverde accepted assignment to Triple A Toledo. #tigers — Matthew B. Mowery (@matthewbmowery) June 27,…

  6. Jose Valverde designated for assignment by the Tigers

    Jun 21, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    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…

  7. Jim Leyland leaning toward Joaquin Benoit for save chances

    Jun 20, 2013, 8:03 PM EDT

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    With Jose Valverde showing exactly why he failed to attract much interest over the winter, Tigers manager Jim Leyland is seemingly phasing him out of the closer role. According to Jason Beck and Bobby Nightengale of, Leyland said today that while he isn’t ready to make an official announcement on his closer situation, he’s…

  8. Quote of the Day II: Jim Leyland on doubles

    Jun 17, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT


    The Orioles are coming in to Detroit to play the Tigers this evening. Jim Leyland was asked about Orioles star Manny Machado. Leyland’s take: Quote of the year, from Leyland: “Machado leads the league in doubles. I’m second in doubles — double vodkas, double scotches … ” — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 17, 2013  …

  9. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 13, 2013, 7:19 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Kansas City Royals

    Royals 3, Tigers 2: Jose Valverde was handed a 2-0 lead in the ninth with a runner on and promptly coughed it up by surrendering a homer to Lorenzo Cain. Phil Coke added his own brand of kerosene to the fire on the 10th as Eric Hosmer singled in the winning run. After the game…

  10. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jun 1, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

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    There’s no stopping the Orioles’ offense. After Max Scherzer appeared poised to improve to 8-0 last night, the Orioles came roaring back for four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning against Jose Valverde to secure a dramatic 7-5 walk-off victory. Nick Markakis led off the inning with a solo homer and was followed…

  11. Jose Valverde pitched against Canadian teenagers

    Apr 16, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Jose Valverde‘s trek back to the majors involved throwing two innings in an extended spring training scrimmage against the Canadian junior national team yesterday. Jason Beck of reports that the 35-year-old former closer held a bunch of 16-, 17-, and 18-year-olds hitless while getting four of the six outs via strikeout. After failing to…

  12. Francisco Rodriguez is drawing interest

    Apr 13, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT

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    After getting Jose Valverde a minor league deal with the Tigers last week, agent Scott Boras is now trying to find Francisco Rodriguez a new home. While nothing appears to be imminent, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the veteran reliever is drawing interest from multiple teams, including the Brewers and Marlins. Heyman’s report also…

  13. Jim Leyland decides on Joaquin Benoit as Tigers’ closer

    Apr 11, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT


    Phil Coke did most of the closing in the playoffs and the Tigers went into the season talking about a “closer-by-committee” situation, but now manager Jim Leyland has settled on Joaquin Benoit as the primary ninth-inning reliever. “On a lot of the days, if it’s doable, I think Benoit is the most experienced and versatile…

  14. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 11, 2013, 6:53 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Arizona Diamondbacks

    I spent the evening seeing a preview showing of the Jackie Robinson movie, “42,” — review coming later today — so I didn’t get to watch really any baseball. Kinda glad I didn’t too. After seeing and thinking about Robinson I would have probably just thrown something at my TV if I had to watch…

  15. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 5, 2013, 6:55 AM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman and Dusty Baker

    Reds 5, Angels 4: Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton finally upped their averages north of .000 — each went 1 for 4 and drove in a couple — but not enough to matter. Aroldis Chapman came in to pitch the ninth against the top of the order. Mike Trout singled but then he got Aybar…

  16. Score one for Proven Closers: Jose Valverde signs a minor league deal with the Tigers

    Apr 4, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    The Tigers grand bullpen experiment — which really isn’t a closer-by-committee thing — will apparently not last indefinitely: Jose Valverde has signed a minor-league contract w/ the Tigers. — Patrick Reusse (@1500ESPN_Reusse) April 4, 2013 Valverde will not join the big club immediately, Reusse reports. He’ll presumably go to Lakeland to throw some and then,…

  17. Jose Valverde throwing for scouts in Dominican Republic

    Mar 28, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

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    While the Tigers are prepared to begin the season with a closer-by-committee approach, Jose Valverde is still out there looking for a job. According to Jason Beck of, Valverde’s agent, Scott Boras, said today that his client has thrown bullpen sessions for scouts from multiple teams in recent days in his native Dominican Republic…

  18. Man who compared Oliver Perez to Sandy Koufax says Jose Valverde has lost 18 pounds, is hitting 95 in bullpen sessions

    Mar 25, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Scott Boras, fresh off of landing Kyle Lohse a gig, is pivoting to his next unemployed client, Jose Valverde: Boras expects to find new teams for Valverde, K-Rod soon. Says Valverde has lost 18 pounds and is throwing 93 to 95 mph in bullpen sessions. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 25, 2013   OK, dubious…

  19. 2013 Preview: Detroit Tigers

    Mar 20, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Today: the Detroit Tigers. The Big Question: Are the Tigers the American League’s best team? Last season the Tigers won 88 games,…

  20. Phil Coke isn’t worried about the Tigers’ closer situation

    Mar 6, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    Phil Coke

    Now that it’s increasingly apparent that hard-throwing rookie Bruce Rondon might not be able to handle the job, the Tigers are reportedly trying to acquire a closer. While it’s interesting to see this much uncertainty in the late innings for a team which is built to win right now, lefty reliever Phil Coke doesn’t see…

  21. Jim Leyland says Tigers re-signing Jose Valverde “has not even been discussed”

    Mar 5, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported over the weekend that Jim Leyland “remains interested” in re-signing Jose Valverde as a “closer safety net,” but yesterday the manager pretty clearly shot that down. “That’s not in the picture, trust me,” Leyland told Jason Beck of “That has not even been discussed.” Six weeks…

  22. Jose Valverde won’t pitch in World Baseball Classic due to personal issue

    Mar 1, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Jose Valverde can’t convince an MLB team to sign him despite saving 35 games with a 3.78 ERA for the Tigers last season and now he’s not even going to pitch in the World Baseball Classic. Valverde was slated to play for the Dominican Republic, but the team announced that he’s been removed from the…

  23. Bruce Rondon hit 100 mph “a couple times” in spring debut

    Feb 24, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

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    The Tigers let Jose Valverde walk this winter — he’s still a free agent — and are considering turning closer duties over to rookie righty Bruce Rondon. Rondon has logged only eight total innings above the Double-A level and has a troubling 5.1 career BB/9 in the minors. But the Detroit coaching staff loves his…

  24. Tigers “haven’t for a moment considered signing” Jose Valverde

    Feb 21, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Last week Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he was “totally shocked” and “broken-hearted” that Jose Valverde hasn’t found a new team. And, being the jerk that I am, I noted that if Leyland was truly “broken-hearted” he’d probably try to convince general manager Dave Dombrowski to re-sign Valverde considering the price tag certainly can’t be…

  25. Mets maintaining interest in reliever Jose Valverde

    Feb 17, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT

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    Ken Davidoff of the New York Post has the goods: The door remains “slightly ajar” for free agent Jose Valverde to join the Mets as their closer, an industry source told The Post. As with the Mets’ pursuit of Michael Bourn, you bet against this actually happening. But this is considerably less complicated than the Bourn…

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