Mud Hens Sign New Closer
Posted on April 4, 2013
So perhaps we haven’t seen the last of Jose Valverde in a Tigers uniform after all.
Chris Iott reports Valverde signed a minor-league deal …
with no major-league commitment from the Detroit Tigers — general manager Dave Dombrowski announced late this morning.
Valverde will report to extended spring training in Lakeland and face some hitters before joining Triple-A Toledo.
Is this a sign of desperation after yesterday’s ninth-inning loss to the Twins? Not according to the story; the Tigers watched Valverde pitch recently and liked what they saw – more zip on the heater and a good splitter.
So Bruce Rondon, was probably thinking he might have to compete with Valverde in Spring Training, if the Tigers re-signed him. He likely didn’t figure he’d have to compete or pitch alongside Valverde in Toledo.
If nothing else, it will be an interesting Papa Grande Watch for the next 30 days.