Major League Baseball

Career W-L
27-33
 
Career ERA
3.27
Name  Jose Valverde
Born  3/24/1978
Height  6-4
Weight  255
Number  47
Position  RP
Bats  R
Throws  R
Cold4/20/2014 3:22:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Jose Valverde will no longer be used in save situations.
Insight: Valverde has been a disaster in recent seasons and 2014 has been no different (5.40 ERA in 8 1/3 innings). Kyle Farnsworth (1.23 ERA in eight games) has been installed as the team's closer and should be owned in all fantasy leagues.
 
4/1/2014 12:22:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Jose Valverde could get plenty of save chances with closer Bobby Parnell sidelined for the next few weeks and likely much longer.
Insight: Once one of the league's better ninth inning options, Valverde will get a chance to revive his career.
 
3/26/2014 8:50:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Jose Valverde could get some save chances in the early going while Bobby Parnell recovers from neck surgery. SOURCE: ESPN New York
Insight: Parnell should still get most of New York's save opportunities but may not pitch more than two days in a row. Once one of the league's better ninth inning options, Valverde is mostly a non-factor nowadays.
 
2/12/2014 10:39:00 AM
Description: The Mets signed reliever Jose Valverde just in time for spring training.
Insight: They got him on a minor league deal, which means Valverde will need a strong showing this spring to secure his roster spot. Papa Grande was a disaster for the Tigers in 2013, converting just nine out of 12 saves with a 5.59 ERA.
 
8/7/2013 7:07:00 PM
Description: The Tigers released righthander Jose Valverde on Wednesday.
Insight: It was bound to happen. Valverde lost his closer's job back in June and has been useless in 11 appearances for Triple-A Toledo since then (4.09 ERA in 11 innings). Even if Valverde latches on somewhere else, it's unlikely he'd be able to provide any meaningful fantasy contributions.
 
6/27/2013 8:55:00 PM
Description: Tigers reliever Jose Valverde has accepted his demotion to Triple-A Toledo. SOURCE: Jason Beck, MLB.com
Insight: Valverde was designated for assignment about a week ago. Valverde has been a disaster this season, collecting a 5.59 ERA in 20 big league appearances. The Tigers will keep him in the pipeline but he won't be closing games for them anytime soon.
 
6/21/2013 4:09:00 PM
Description: Detroit closer Jose Valverde blew his third save Wednesday versus Kansas City and that'a apparently enough for the Tigers who designated him for assignment.
Insight: Valverde (0-1, nine saves, 5.59 ERA) will be replaced by Joaquin Benoit. If Benoit is available jump on it as he should see plenty of save opportunities.
 
6/12/2013 9:03:00 PM
Description: Detroit closer Jose Valverde blew his third save Wednesday versus Kansas City.
Insight: Valverde (0-1, 4.15 ERA) entered the game with a runner on first and a two-run lead. Papa Grande got the first two outs before giving up a long home run to Lorenzo Cain. The Tigers eventually lost 3-2 in extra innings. This is probably why the Tigers were reluctant to re-sign Valverde this past offseason.
 
4/23/2013 8:20:00 PM
Description: Tigers reliever Jose Valverde will join the team Wednesday and manager Jim Leyland says he will be the team's closer immediately.
Insight: Valverde was signed to a minor league deal earlier this month amidst turmoil at the back end of Detroit's bullpen. We expected him to have to prove himself in middle relief first, but the Tigers will go back to the winning formula from last season right away. Valverde can be erratic, but the Tigers will present him with plenty of save opportunities.
 
4/23/2013 6:52:00 PM
Description: Tigers reliever Jose Valverde is expected to rejoin the team this week, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Insight: Valverde was signed to a minor league deal earlier this month amidst turmoil at the back end of Detroit's bullpen. He could eventually regain his closer job if he gets off to a good start.
 
4/4/2013 4:07:00 PM
Description: The Tigers re-signed reliever Jose Valverde on Thursday. SOURCE: Patrick Reusse, 1500 ESPN Twin Cities
Insight: It's a minor league deal so this isn't a guarantee that Valverde will return to his old post as the team's closer. For now, Jim Leyland and company will continue to go with a closer by committee with Joaquin Benoit, Phil Cole, Octavio Dotel and Al Alburquerque all in line for save chances.
 
2/17/2013 10:26:00 AM
Description: The New York Post's Ken Davidoff says that the Mets haven't ruled out the possibility of signing free agent relief pitcher Jose Valverde.
Insight: Two years ago Valverde was a perfect 49-for-49 in save opportunities. Now he can't find a job. The Mets also worked out former Giants closer Brian Wilson earlier this offseason so it seems that the team isn't satisfied with its current closer Frank Francisco (23 saves in 26 chances last season).
 
10/23/2012 9:51:00 PM
Description: Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Tuesday that he has no definite plan on who he will use as his closer in the World Series, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Insight: Valverde was benched during the ALCS after blowing a four-run ninth inning lead in disastrous fashion in Game 1. It remains to be seen whether or not Valverde will return to the closer's role. Sticking with lefthander Phil Coke might be the better option for Detroit as Coke hasn't allowed a run in any of his seven postseason appearances so far.
 
10/21/2012 11:25:00 AM
Description: Tigers reliever Jose Valverde will be on the team's World Series roster according to manager Jim Leyland.
Insight: Valverde was benched during the ALCS after blowing a four-run ninth inning lead in disastrous fashion in Game 1. It remains to be seen whether or not Valverde will return to the closer's role. Sticking with lefthander Phil Coke might be the better option for Detroit as Coke hasn't allowed a run in any of his seven postseason appearances so far.
 
10/14/2012 2:17:00 PM
Description: Tigers manager Jim Leyland won't call on struggling reliever Jose Valverde if there is a save situation Sunday against the Yankees.
Insight: This comes as no surprise as Valverde has been brutal over his last two appearances including a blown save Saturday night in Game 1. Joaquin Benoit only threw seven pitches last night and Al Albuquerque didn't pitch at all so both will be relatively fresh for ninth inning work if a save situation arises in Game 2.
 
Cold10/14/2012 9:58:00 AM
Description: Tigers closer Jose Valverde imploded in the ninth inning Saturday night against the Yankees. In 2/3 of an inning Valverde allowed three hits and four runs including a game-tying two-run blast off the bat of Yankees DH Raul Ibanez.
Insight: Even Ichiro Suzuki, who hit just nine homers during the regular season went deep off of Papa Grande. Valverde's ERA this postseason is an embarrassing 54.00. Jim Leyland may need to start looking for a more reliable ninth inning option if Valverde's struggles continue.
 
10/11/2012 10:38:00 AM
Description: Detrot closer Jose Valverde fell apart Wednesday night in the ninth inning. The fire-balling righthander gave up three runs on four hits in just two thirds of an inning, allowing the A's to walk off with a 4-3 come-from-behind victory.
Insight: Wednesday was the first blown save of Valverde's postseason career. He'll try to get back on track Thursday in the decisive Game 5.
 
9/29/2012 10:19:00 AM
Description: Tigers closer Jose Valverde (illness) is expected to be available for Saturday's game against Minnesota.
Insight: Valverde was not available on Thursday or Friday. Joaquin Benoit took over the closer's role in Valverde's absence and blew a save on Thursday.
 
7/24/2012 10:36:00 AM
Description: Tigers closer Jose Valverde (back) is expected to be available to pitch on Tuesday night.
Insight: Valverde has not pitched since July 20. He's accumulated 18 saves, but his 3.76 ERA and 1.30 WHIP are not helping fantasy owners.
 
6/25/2012 11:06:00 AM
Description: Tigers closer Jose Valverde (wrist) is expected to be available to pitch on Monday night.
Insight: Valverde has not pitched since June 15. He's accumulated 13 saves (blown three), but his 4.18 ERA and 1.50 WHIP are the worst statistically since 2006 and certainly not helping fantasy owners.