Things are settling in nicely here at the Closer Report. We’re starting to get some clarity on jobs as manager’s back new closers and incumbents pitch and solidify their status.
Papa Grande is back! Jose Valverde has retaken the closer role for the Detroit Tigers and I like it. You’ll hear experts like ESPN’s Matthew Berry say “I’m not really buying Valverde. It’s literally like, let’s try this. They didn’t want him back. He was ineffective in the playoffs…” Wait? They didn’t want him back? Says who? Certainly not Jim Leyland. Read this….I’ll wait. This piece is from February 2013 from ESPN. I guess the TMR doesn’t read his own site. Now, I’m sure the Tigers didn’t want him back for the $9M per year he made in 2012. And who knows what his agent was asking for in the offseason. But, it certainly seems like Leyland thought he had something left. None of that matters now. Jose Valverde is back!
As I’ve written before, I believe Valverde will lead the Tigers i