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  1. Jim Leyland is “totally shocked” and “broken-hearted” that Jose Valverde doesn’t have a job

    Feb 14, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Jose Valverde remains unsigned and except for a report linking him to the Marlins that was immediately shot down as being fueled by agent Scott Boras there’s been little even linking him to teams. That’s surprising, because while Valverde’s performance has clearly declined he did save 35 games last season and a league-leading 49 games…

  2. Scott Boras denies planting the Jose Valverde-to-Miami rumor

    Feb 6, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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    The other day there was a report that Jose Valverde and the Miami Marlins were close to a deal. It was immediately — and vehemently — shot down by the Marlins, who took the unusual step of actually saying it was Scott Boras spreading baloney in an effort to create a market for his client.…

  3. Jon Rauch agrees to $1 million deal with Marlins

    Feb 5, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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    That report about the Marlins being close to a deal with Jose Valverde has been deemed “a typical ploy by Scott Boras,” but Miami has added some veteran bullpen help in the form of Jon Rauch on a one-year contract worth $1 million. Rauch will presumably act as the primary setup man for closer Steve…

  4. Jose Valverde to Marlins report gets shot down, called “a typical ploy by Scott Boras”

    Feb 4, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

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    This morning Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reported that the Marlins were close to signing Jose Valverde to a one-year contract, but an hour or so later Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald talked to a source who called the report “utterly false.” Spencer now has a further update, writing that “not one, not two,…

  5. Not so fast: Maybe the Marlins aren’t signing Jose Valverde after all

    Feb 4, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    UPDATE: Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald now says Rojas’ report is “utterly false.” So, you know, I maybe wrote all that brilliant, cutting edge analysis for nothing. ========== Jose Valverde is close to signing a one-year deal with the Marlins, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes. Valverde lost his closer job in Detroit…

  6. The Mets are pursuing Jose Valverde

    Feb 1, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Adam Rubin reports that the Mets may not be too confident with Frank Francisco as their closer and thus may be pursuing … Papa Grande: Sandy Alderson, who expressed serious concern with Frank Francisco as his closer, is trying to remedy the situation.  Alderson is pursuing Jose Valverde to compete — or more likely unseat — Francisco as closer,…

  7. Scott Boras is trying to drum up interest in Jose Valverde

    Jan 21, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Now that he’s found a taker for Rafael Soriano on a heavily deferred deal, Scott Boras is trying to get teams interested in ex-Tigers closer Jose Valverde. Valverde, 34, was 49-for-49 saving games for the Tigers in 2011 and 35-for-40 last season, but the postseason meltdown that saw him give up nine runs in 2…

  8. Mets looking around for bullpen help

    Dec 29, 2012, 10:28 AM EDT

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    According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Mets are “scouring” the market for bullpen help. He mentions Jose Valverde, Francisco Rodriguez and Matt Capps among those still available, but it’s unclear whether the Mets have any interest in those specific pitchers. Frank Francisco had surgery earlier this month to remove a bone spur from his…

  9. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  10. Jim Leyland is a funny guy

    Dec 5, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT

    Jim Leyland

    I’ve learned to more or less ignore the managerial availabilities here at the Winter Meetings because, let’s be honest, they’re 30 slightly different exercises in saying nothing. At least they are now that Ozzie Guillen is gone. Just the offseason version of “we gotta take ’em one day at a time” ManagerSpeak. I went to…

  11. The Tigers are going to go with Bruce Rondon as their closer

    Nov 9, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Bruce Rondon

    Many of you are saying “who is Bruce Rondon?”  The most relevant answer to that question for you is that he’s the reason why the Tigers aren’t, according to Danny Knobler, going to be players for Rafael Soriano or any other established closer types: Tigers are not interested in Soriano. Plan to stay in-house for…

  12. Brandon League’s crazy contract with the Dodgers is even crazier than you thought

    Nov 6, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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    If you thought the Dodgers giving Brandon League a three-year, $22.5 million contract was nuts, you may want to sit down for this. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times has the full contract breakdown and the deal could be worth as much as $33.5 million. Seriously: If League finishes 55 games in 2015, the…

  13. The Top 50 Free Agents of 2013

    Nov 2, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Earlier this fall I counted down the top 111 free agents of this offseason. Since then, several players have had their options picked up or contracts extended, taking them out of play.  With the free agent signing period beginning tonight, it’s a good time to update that list and count them down once again. Up first,…

  14. Rafael Soriano is going to opt out of his contract today

    Oct 31, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT


    Rafael Soriano has until tonight to opt out of his contract. We’ve known for a while that he’s likely to do so, but Jon Heyman says that, yes, it will happen today. It’s a no-brainer for him, even if he didn’t want to test the free agent market. He’s slated to make $14 million in…

  15. Two reasons for Tigers fans to be happy

    Oct 30, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

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    They come in form of tweets: Dave Dombrowski says the Tigers will not pursue Delmon Young. See him as a DH. — Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) October 30, 2012 Dave Dombrowski said the Tigers will not pursue signing Jose Valverde. — Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) October 30, 2012   I can already feel the anxiety level of…

  16. Don’t start with the Justin Verlander on three days’ rest stuff

    Oct 27, 2012, 11:53 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Tigers ace Justin Verlander gave up five runs in four innings against the Giants in Game 1 of the World Series. That’s as many runs as probable Game 4 starter Max Scherzer has allowed in his last four starts combined. The last time Scherzer allowed five runs in a start was July 30. Including his…

  17. Will the Giants get the good or bad Madison Bumgarner in Game 2 tonight?

    Oct 25, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Madison Bumgarner was bumped from the Giants’ rotation in the NLCS after back-to-back poor playoff starts in which he failed to make it out of the fifth inning, but manager Bruce Bochy is putting his faith in the 23-year-old left-hander tonight. Bochy chose Bumgarner to make the Game 2 start rather than Tim Lincecum, who…

  18. Don’t expect to see Jose Valverde pitch for the Tigers again

    Oct 25, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Asked about Jose Valverde‘s latest terrible outing in Game 1 of the World Series last night, Tigers manager Jim Leyland replied: “You know, he wasn’t terrible. He just wasn’t good.” That’s about as nice as he could possibly phrase things considering Valverde has now allowed nine runs while recording a grand total of five outs…

  19. The Tigers are rusty? The Giants have momentum? Well, fine, I guess we have to go with that

    Oct 25, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander watches from the dugout in the seventh inning during Game 1 of the MLB World Series baseball championship against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco

    SAN FRANCISCO — The crowd at AT&T Park cheered a 5-4 putout in the first inning of last night’s Game 1 as though it were a walkoff home run in Game 7. This is not a criticism. It is merely an observation. They were hyped from the get-go — I think it started with the…

  20. Jose Valverde can’t even mop up for the Tigers

    Oct 24, 2012, 11:19 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    After entering with the Tigers down 6-1, embattled ex-closer Jose Valverde retired one of the five Giants he faced in Game 1 of the World Series. He struck out Tim Lincecum before giving up hits to the top four hitters in the San Francisco lineup. Since Joaquin Benoit bailed him out from there, he was…

  21. How to decide who to root for in the World Series

    Oct 24, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    World Series Logo

    Obviously most of us are neither Tigers nor Giants fans, so how do we choose a rooting interest for the next eight days?  Just some out loud thinking: If you’re a Dodgers fan or a fan of whatever team has decided that the Tigers are their big rival lately — White Sox maybe? — your…

  22. Jim Leyland on Tigers’ closer situation: “Just going to play it by ear, see what happens”

    Oct 24, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    After pitching in a simulated game over the weekend Jose Valverde told reporters that he corrected a mechanical flaw responsible for his postseason struggles, but when asked if Valverde will resume closing in the World Series manager Jim Leyland was non-committal. Leyland used the same phrasing he repeatedly uttered during the ALCS, saying the Tigers…

  23. Jose Valverde says he has fixed a mechanical flaw

    Oct 21, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

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    Tigers right-hander Jose Valverde has been dreadful this postseason, yielding seven earned runs in just 2 1/3 innings. But he wants to participate in the World Series and thinks he is ready to be more effective. According to beat writer Jason Beck of, Valverde made around 20 throws in a simulated game against Tigers…

  24. Will the Tigers use Jose Valverde in the World Series?

    Oct 19, 2012, 10:34 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Jose Valverde hasn’t pitched since coughing up four runs in two-thirds of an inning against the Yankees on October 13, with Phil Coke emerging as Jim Leyland’s replacement closer choice. It’s obviously hard to imagine the Tigers turning back to Valverde as closer at this point, but will they even have enough confidence to use…

  25. Jim Leyland on Game 4 closer choice: “We’ll play it by ear”

    Oct 18, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Jim Leyland planned to rest Phil Coke last night, which may have opened the door for Jose Valverde to close out a series-ending win for the Tigers, but instead the game was rained out and now Coke is available for today’s Game 4. However, when asked who he’ll turn to if the Tigers have a…

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