The Detroit Tigers have signed the 35-year old Jose Valverde to a minor league deal just one day after their first blown save of the 2013 season.
Phil Coke was called to the mound for the second straight game to close out the Minnesota Twins, but it didn’t end quite as well this time. He allowed two hits, one of which was the two-RBI double that ended the game.
Now, less than one year removed from the horrific collapse of Valverde, the Tigers have decided to bring him back considering the hard spot they are in. Last year, he earned only 35 saves while blowing five in his 71 appearances.
I honestly can’t stand this signing. The Tigers have major issues in the bullpen, we all know that, but bringing in a head case with enough problems himself doesn’t make much sense to me. Detroit should know better than anyone the problems Valverde brings. He struggled to find his command last year, walking a bunch of batters and allowing an average of one batter on base every inning — not exactly what you like in a closer.
I guess we have to hope that over Papa Grande fixed a few things over his long winter break . I would like to see him throw all of his pitches for more strikes, and get his split-finger fastball back to where it was two years ago when he was perfect with 49 saves.
Let’s hope Valverde doesn’t give us a heart attack this year.