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Jose Valverde may finally be done in Detroit.Credit: Paul Sancya/AP After several votes of confidence from manager Jim Leyland, the Detroit Tigers have designed Jose Valverde for assignment, ending his tenure as closer, according to John Lowe of USA Today and the Detroit Free-Press. Another team can claim the veteran right hander, otherwise the 3-time All Star can accept a minor league assignment or become a free agent. Jose Valverde has been on thin ice with the ballclub and fans since an abysmal post-season last year, allowing 9 earned runs in 2 2/3 innings over the three series. It appears Joaquin Benoit will get the first shot at the closers job. The Tigers had slotted right hand Venezuelan prospect Bruce Rondon for the job in spring training, but he failed to win it, putting the defending American League champions in a situation that they brought Valverde back just after the season started. Rondon is 1-1 with 14 saves and a 1.01 ERA in AAA Toledo, begging the question of whether now is the time to settle him into the role with the big league club? The Tigers can also explore a trade, as this is about the time of year in which teams in the second half of the standings are willing to part with a closer. This year, there aren’t a lot of strong name out there that fit the category, all the more reason to promote from within in my opinion. If I were Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski, I’d make finding a closer my #1 job between now and October, winning in the postseason depends on it. - David Whitlock (@lhd_on_sports) Follow us on Twitter @rbts_baseball The post Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde designed for assignment appeared first on Reading Between The Seams.
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The short lived Jose Valverde return/experiment for the Detroit Tigers appears to be over.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Tigers designated for assignment the 35-year old closer after a stretch of bad outings allowing 11 runs and 6 home runs in 7 1/3 innings. It also appeared more and more likely that Valverde would be shown the door after manager Jim Leyland commented...
DETROIT -- The move that Tigers fans were hoping for happened Friday.
Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski announced the team was designating closer Jose Valverde for assignment.
Dombrowski said they asked Valverde if he'd be willing to go to Triple-A Toledo if he cleared waivers but did not receive a definitive answer from him...
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Scherzer held the Boston Red Sox to two runs on six hits in a 10-3 Tigers victory Friday night at Comerica Park to become the first Tigers pitcher to win 11 consecutive decisions to start the season.
How wowed is Scherzer by what he's done?
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While other extras told him they had spent six hours trying to perfect Cabrera's swing in hopes of being selected, Salazar got the part...
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The Tigers have a new closer and his name is Joaquin Benoit.
Jim Leyland made the announcement before Thursday's series opener with Boston and one day after Jose Valverde's latest pitching mound meltdown. Valverde allowed four runs in his first 10 pitches against the Orioles, including a long homer by Chris Davis.
"Right now, I'm...
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The new sheriff rolled into town on his horse, gently bringing her to a stop outside of the stadium. He peered up at the bright sun from under his dusty black hat, squinting slightly and surveyed the scene around him.
This town was ready for a new law man, a strong and dominating type of law man needed to put the riffraff in its place. No more...
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I feel like my virginity was taken from me today, and now I’m about to have twins.
DETROIT - Miguel Cabrera, baseball's incredibly underexposed superstar, got a little taste of the Hollywood life Friday morning.
Cabrera took part in a movie-like production for a 90-second commercial to promote the launch of the Fox Sports 1 television network.
He's one of the top athletes featured in the spot that will be aired for the first time July 16 during FOX'...
DETROIT (AP) -- Shane Victorino homered and hit three singles, driving in five runs to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 10-6 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer for Detroit, which nearly rallied from a 6-1 deficit but couldn't come through against the Boston bullpen. Jon Lester (7-4) allowed five runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings,...
After splitting the first two games, the Boston Red Sox (45-31) and Detroit Tigers (40-32) tangle in tonight’s Game 3 from Comerica Park. The Sox offense exploded for 10 runs, led by right fielder Shane Victorino, who went 4-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs. Boston’s batters must have thought the same as Red Sox Nation: No lead is safe.
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