From Class A to closer: Jose Valverde is returning to the Tigers.
Tigers reliever Jose Valverde took one step closer to pitching for Triple-A Toledo on Monday as he completed two innings of work in an extended spring training game
Dave Dombrowski has just made a move that will be criticized for days and weeks to come as the Tigers have signed Jose Valverde to a minor league contract.
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 22-year-old right-hander dominated three levels of the minors last year, earning Detroit’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award.
The Tigers may not have a closer issue yet, but they could be working toward one if hard-throwing 22-year-old Bruce Rondon doesn’t find the strike zone.
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.
There was no way the Tigers could bring Jose Valverde back, not after what happened last October.
Tigers have announced they have picked up the club options for 2013 on both Octavio Dotel & Jhonny Peralta.
It looks like the World Series will go the distance and seven games for the second straight year.