After his latest bullpen blunder, Jose Valverde was rightfully released from the New York Mets. In fact, it was long overdue because Valverde is just no longer an effective relief pitcher. He is a mental wreck and that translates to the field. Just one look at his numbers confirms the Mets’ decision.
He did not help the Mets win, and Mets fans collectively held their breath when Terry Collins called his name. In his last 10 appearances, the Mets have lost nine of them. Before his release, he was 1-1 with a 5.66 ERA. After being handed the closer’s role after Bobby Parnell‘s injury, Valverde pitched well for a couple games but then he reverted back to his old ways and became a liability in the back end of the game.
Monday’s performance was the final straw for the Mets. After a third great outing for Jacob deGrom, Collins turned to their bullpen to bring home his first major league win. Valverde prevented that from happening. In less than an inning of work, Valverde gave up four earned runs on four hits, which essentially sealed the Mets’ fate.
The Mets took a flyer on Valverde weeks before the season to see if he could return to his form with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Detroit Tigers, but it never actually happened. Sometimes these low-risk signings work out, and sometimes they don’t. This wasn’t one of Sandy Alderson‘s better moves. His release is addition by subtraction.
Now the Mets can focus on developing their young power arms in the bullpen, because it’s becoming clearer and clearer that the Mets will not contend this year. It’s time to see what they have in their prospect pool, and the release of Valverde is the proper start.