Couple thoughts on Valverde

No question, the radio rumor of a two-year offer on Jose Valverde raised notice among Tigers fans. As surprising as it seems — hey, I’m one of those who have repeatedly pointed out the Tigers’ historic reluctance to go to multi-year contracts on relievers — there are two things to consider on that.

  1. Though the Tigers weren’t about to match the 3-year, $15 million contract Brandon Lyon signed with the Astros last month, they were at least willing to consider a two-year contract for him. They remained in talks on Lyon after it became clear he was only weighing multi-year offers.
  2. There’s a line of thought that if you’re going to give up a first-round draft pick to sign a reliever, you almost have to do a two-year contract to justify it. It lessens the risk of the reliever having a bad year or missing time and dropping his ranking in the Type A/Type B free agent list. I’m not sure I agree with that line of thought, especially if you believe Valverde is at the top of his game and would almost surely remain a Type A free agent if he stays healthy, but several observers around baseball suggested it.

Look for more about the draft pick on the site.

3 Comments

Thank you, Jason. I really hoped the Tigers could retain Lyon, too. Now we have an opportunity to get a first class closer. It gives a club credibility and the fans some hope.

I’ve been a Lyon fan for some years, but Valverde is a better pitcher. I’d much rather see the Tigers go two years on Valverde than three on Lyon, especially with his injury history.
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Glad to see you back from vacation, Jason. Thanks for all the updates.
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matt

Jason, two good articles on the closer situation.
I sure hope we can get Valverde for 2 years and around the $10-12m mark. Assuming he pulls it off, DD looks like he has played his cards well not overextending for Lyon and not being interested in Rodney signing a 2 year $11m with the Angels.
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With so many lefties available in the pen, a trade involving Seay is on the cards. A young utility backup 3B/SS would be perfect to fix the final glaring hole remaining.
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Interesting about Laird who started the 2009 season hitting .286/.369/.411 and faded to .225/.306/.320 overall.
Management has always stated they wanted to pace Laird’s playing time but I was surprised how glaring his stats have been.
Laird showed at the Rangers that he can contribute more consistently if paced hitting .296/.332/.473 from 243 AB’s in 2006 and .276/.329/.398 from 344 AB’s in 2008.
Strangely, even when sparingly used, Laird has every season always hit considerably worse post break with career pre break stats of .269/.331/.394 from 856 AB’s and .224/.279/.338 post break from 782 AB’s.
The planned platooning with Avila should deliver some pleasant surprises.
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Pardon for showing my ignorance but does Scherzer signing a 4 year MLB contract for 2007-2010 not override the major league playing time required before becoming a free agent?

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