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.
"If we would get waivers on him at some point, we have asked him if hewould go to Triple-A for us, and try to work with him there, try to get himstraightened out," Dombrowski said. "Its a very difficult situation to be able to fix that here, with his arm angle.
"We think we have a guy that can close games for us, if we get him fixed.The velocity has been fine. Of course, he hasnt had his split. Hes had commandproblems. The last couple weeks havent been good.Before, he threw the ball fine. And thats what were hoping, we can get himback. We figure we have nothing to lose to try."
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