If you thought the Miami Marlins offseason could get even more crazy, it just did. Only a day after the Marlins front office came out and said that no more majors moves will be happening, a rumor floated around the organization that the team was interested in signing free agent closer Jose Valverde.
That rumors was shot down immediately by a few sources that Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer talked to. One source claimed that is was another Scott Boras ploy to create a market for a player that does not exist. There have no talks on Valverde going anywhere this offseason. This is the first time Valverde’s name has even been mentioned in awhile.
However, there are more conflicting reports that the Marlins and Valverde are nearing a one-year deal. His name has only been mentioned recently in January and had ties to the New York Mets prior to his name coming up in internal meetings the Marlins must have had about him.
Valverde recorded 35 saves last year for the Detroit Tigers and a league-leading 47 saves prior to that. He was known as a dominant, arrogant closer on the mound but in the playoffs he lost his touch after giving up four runs on three hits in Game 1 of the 2012 ALCS against the New York Yankees. Valverde lost his job to Phil Coke after that.
If the Marlins do end up signing him, it would bolster a weak bullpen that the Marlins are sporting right now. However, another character on this Miami team is not what the doctor calls for.