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Valverde, Mets Agree To Minor League Contract

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DETROIT, MI - MAY 27:  Jose Valverde #46 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the ninth inning of an interleague game at Comerica Park on May 27, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Valverde recorded his sixth save of the season in a 6-5 win. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – MAY 27: Jose Valverde #46 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the ninth inning of an interleague game at Comerica Park on May 27, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Valverde recorded his sixth save of the season in a 6-5 win. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Right-hander Jose Valverde and the New York Mets have agreed to a minor league contract.

The three-time All-Star has struggled with control in recent years and was 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA for Detroit last year, converting nine saves in 12 chances. He was designated for assignment on June 21, then went to Toledo and had seven saves with a 4.09 ERA in 11 games before he was released on Aug. 7.

The 35-year-old has 286 saves in an 11-year big league career with Arizona, Houston and Detroit.

His deal with New York was announced Wednesday.

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