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Report: Tigers Interested In Jose Valverde As ‘Safety Net’

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24: Jose Valverde #46 of the Detroit Tigers throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants in the seventh inning during Game One of the Major League Baseball World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – OCTOBER 24: Jose Valverde #46 of the Detroit Tigers throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants in the seventh inning during Game One of the Major League Baseball World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Tigers manager Jim Leyland is interested in bringing former closer Jose Valverde back as a “safety net” for the closer role if the sides can agree to financial terms, according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman.

Valverde had been slated to pitch for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic but withdrew for personal reasons.

CBSSports.com baseball insider Danny Knobler reported in mid-February that Leyland was “shocked” to see Valverde still unsigned. Leyland also considered Valverde a “tremendous teammate.”

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