Found April 25, 2013 on
PLAYERS: Jose Valverde
TEAMS: Detroit Tigers
Jose Valverde is 35 years old. Players in their late 30s never get better naturally, so his decline will come — sooner rather than later. However, as we sit here a day after Valverde’s resurfacing with the Tigers and first save of the season, there’s nothing to suggest that his decline is imminent in 2013. Moreover, Valverde never deserved to lose the Tigers’ closer’s role in the first place, so the reunion between the two sides not only benefits both parties, but the breakup itself never should have occurred. Back on Oct. 30, 2012, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski indicated to reporters that the team had no intention of bringing back Valverde. This came on the heels of the closer’s well-documented meltdown in the postseason, blowing consecutive saves in the ALDS and ALCS. What Dombrowski exemplified was how far Valverde has fallen in Detroit, with the reliever essentially being looked at as a broken commodity. But while there’s no question that Valverde pitched very poorly du...

Valverde returning as Tigers closer

The Detroit Tigers recently signed Jose Valverde and sent him to the minor leagues, and they've already called him up to close.

Valverde gets save in 2013 debut

DETROIT A skip, a spit and once again, it was Potato Time. As unthinkable as it might have seemed in late October, Jose Valverde was indeed coming through that Comerica Park bullpen door. Most of the fans rose to their feet and cheered Detroit's prodigal son, and while a few booed, everyone was on the edge of their seats as Valverde prepared to save his first game since Oct...

Tigers go back to Pappa

After the Tigers were swept out of the World Series last October, I believed that Kwame Kilpatrick had a better chance of making a comeback than Jose Valverde. It was difficult to watch Papa Grandes playoff meltdown, especially the snapshot of him in the dugout searching for answers as tears welled up in his eyes. Once the season ended, the Tigers let it be known that Valverde...

Valverde regains closer role

DETROIT Jose Valverde will return to his role as closer of the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. The team signed him Tuesday to a one-year contract after Valverde made a favorable impression on team scouts in two weekend outings in Lakeland, Fla. Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he will get the ball with a lead in the ninth until further notice. Hes done it before, and hes not afraid...

Jose Valverde and his half blonde goatee saved a game last night

Jose Valverde returns, gets 1-2-3 save

It was pretty clear that Jose Valverde was on the fast track to the Tigers' bullpen once he was signed to a minor league deal earlier this month. When Octavio Dotel got officially shelved on the DL yesterday with a bum elbow, Valverde's ticket back to the bigs came even sooner.  Back as the team's closer, Valverde got a chance to redeem himself from a horrid playoffs...

TDSS Tigers Game Recap, Game 19: Jose Valverde Slams the Door in His Return

Jose Valverde, sporting a half-dyed goatee and a full windup pitching motion, tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning in his first Tigers appearance of the year, closing out a 7-5 Detroit win over Kansas City. Less than a month after the Tigers signed Valverde to a minor-league contract, he was back in the Comerica Park bullpen and at he end of the Tigers’ bullpen. Valverde was the third of...

Tigers call up Valverde, annouce him as closer

The Detroit Tigers have promoted Jose Valverde to the major league roster. In a surprise move, Tigers manager Jim Leyland considered Leyland the teams closer. Valverde was signed by the Tigers earlier this month after the team denied interest in their former closer. With the promotion to the major league roster, Valverde will take over the role previously occupried by Joaquin Benoit...

Detroit Tigers Option Pitcher Brayan Villarreal, Jose Valverde Coming?

MLB News: The Detroit Tigers optioned right hander Brayan Villarreal to Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday. Don’t be shocked if this news is followed by the announcement that Jose Valverde is back with the club. Villarreal has talent, but has struggled terribly this year, with an earned run average over 20. Fantasy Ramifications: Villarreal holds no real fantasy baseball for the 2013 season...

Tigers capitalize on errors, top Royals 7-5

DETROIT (AP) Jose Valverde returned to Detroit with a save and Victor Martinez drove in a pair of runs to help the Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 7-5 Wednesday night. Max Scherzer (2-0) got the win, allowing five runs in five innings, with three Tigers relievers finishing the game. Valverde, called up earlier in the day, returned to the Tigers with a perfect ninth inning. Valverde...

Jim Leyland excited for Jose Valverde’s return to Tigers

The Detroit Tigers welcomed back Jose Valverde Tuesday, six months after the team bid farewell to the closer, signing him to a one-year Major League Baseball deal. Valverde will be the Tigers closer if the they take a lead 

Jose Valverde is back, earns save in Tigers’ win

Jose Valverde, signed by the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, completed his comeback Wednesday by saving the Tigers’ 7-5 win over the Kansas City Royals as Comerica Park. Valverde 
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