According to Tigers TV play-by-play man Mario Impemba, the Detroit Tigers have signed their former closer Jose Valverde to a minor league deal.
The announcement came on the heels of the loss to the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday — after Phil Coke blew a save in the second game of the season.
Last season, Valverde saved 35 games for the Tigers in 40 attempts; his ERA was 3.78. Valverde had a falling out with the team and the fans after his horrible outting against the Yankees last year in the ALCS.
The Tigers on Thursday tweeted this:
#Tigers have signed Jose Valverde to a minor league contract. He will report to Lakeland.
Tigers Radio Play-By-Play man Dan Dickerson tweeted that Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski has had ongoing talks with Valverde’s agent Scott Boras, but this is the first time Boras has accepted a minor league no obligation deal.
Dickerson added that Dombrowski also said that Valverde will pitch in a couple of extended spring games, then head to Toledo where he will showcase what he has left.
Dombrowski said this falls into the categor(ies) of “leave no stone unturned” and “don’t have anything to lose by taking a look…”