Leyland On Valverde: ‘I’m Totally Shocked’ He Doesn’t Have A Job

LAKELAND, Fla. — There was no way the Tigers could bring Jose Valverde back, not after what happened last October.

But shouldn’t Valverde be able to get a job somewhere?

Jim Leyland thinks so. And he’s the guy who made the decision to take Valverde’s closing job away in the middle of the postseason.

“I’m shocked — totally shocked — and broken-hearted that he doesn’t have a job,” Leyland said Thursday morning. “In a two-week period, it seems like everything he did for two years was forgotten.”

Valverde was Leyland’s closer for the last three seasons. He went 49 for 49 in save situations in 2011, and added three more saves in that postseason.

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