Tigers pick up $9 million option on Valverde

With the World Series going to a deciding game Friday, Major League teams will have a slew of announcement on contract options coming by Monday’s deadline for deciding them. The Tigers’ decision on Jose Valverde didn’t have to wait through the weekend. He’s coming back at a cost of $9 million.

Valverde’s option year was part of the two-year, $14 million deal he signed as a free agent before the 2010 season. It wasn’t always looking like an automatic that the Tigers would pick it up, especially after Detroit signed Joaquin Benoit to a three-year, $15 million deal last fall. It had the appearance of a closer-in-waiting situation. Then Valverde went 52-for-52 in save situations between the regular season and playoffs.

They weren’t always easy saves, especially down the stretch. But in the end, the numbers were dominant: He allowed just 52 hits over 72 1/3 innings in the regular season with 34 walks and 69 strikeouts. Break down the stats to just save situations, and they were even stronger, with just three earned runs on 26 hits over 49 innings with 20 walks and 50 strikeouts.

Valverde is the only contract option the Tigers had to decide this offseason.

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Love Pappa Grande! Glad he is going to be back!

Ditto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I bet they offer him a contract extension soon as well.

Awwww fuuuuudge!!!

The decision to pick up the option is a no-brainer, with a nod to Mr. Leyland. This is a true no-brainer.
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You know, I still can’t get over how close we came to having Edwin Jackson make the final out of the 2011 World Series last night. Think of the second guessing that would have gone on………..all winter.

The game was so bad played that the Cardinals almost lost the walkoff HR. Why was Berkmann making assurances to the Ump? Did Freese really touch home?
I hope Feldmann and Feliz are able to cope whit the situation .It happend before, AL playoff and Donnie Moore ´s career and life ended destroyed.

Great World Series, but my team (the team I wanted to win) didn’t win.

All kind of jokes being bandied about re Gerald Laird. The guy was demonized in Detroit cause he didn’t hit. Great catcher, though.

It was a good Series in that it went 7 games, but it was sloppily played and poorly managed on both sides. The multiple failures of the Texas relievers to record the final out in game 6 made that one entertaining, but much of the time the action was dull. The Cardinals aren’t known for playing exciting World Series, as our clunker in 2006 would demonstrate.
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Anyone think Washington burned out his bullpen against the Tigers? They weren’t the same group afterwards. LaRussa had his infamous “bullpengate” in game 5, then turned around the next game and used up every position player he had with double switches and double pinch hitters, thus leaving him with only a pitcher as the potential final out of the Series.
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I think the AL needs a new participant next year, as the Rangers have had two unsuccessful shots. And MLB needs to address that homefield business.
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And talk about welcome to winter; we’re getting as much as six inches of snow here today.

I have been saying that the Texas bullpen was worn out by the tigers for over a week now. Their starters stunk, defense suspect and all they had was their bullpen and the bats. All they had was the bats for the WS.

I hope it will be an interesting and eventful off-season. One in which the missing ingredients are acquired and the detritus let go.
We know what this team needs and it is up to DD to get it. you can’t hit .237 in the post-season with a suspect bullpen and expect to pull it off.
So, we need a run-generating 3B man and/or middle infielder. “Run” generating is the key. We need some speed and we need it relatively badly.
I have a feeling DD may attempt to fill 2nd base internally. Quite likely with Raburn. I would not agree with that type of decision.
I also would be surprised (though pleasantly) if DD were to get into a bidding war for Jose Reyes.i still think a guy like Erick Aybar could help us.

I think a Santiago/Rayburn 65/35 split at 2nd would be cool if we can land Reyes or ARam.

There’s not much debate about which holes need to be filled. The question is how to fill them. Ready to spend, it’s unfortunate that this year’s FA market doesn’t provide many, if any answers. I mean, it would be a hoot to have CC and JV in the same rotation but that’s not going to happen. Other than Reyes, there’s not much out there that could be classified as earthshaking. Making trades can be challenging, but that may be the way it has to go. We seem to have the payroll flexibility to take on a somewhat large contract, but we also have to give up personnel in return. This isn’t going to be easy. DD is a sharp GM and it will be interesting to see what he comes up with. And it starts tonight.

I am starting to feel jinxed. I have a soft spot for underdog teams and will always watch the Rays, Rangers and Rockies when able. The WS run from 2006 has been ugly and am still shaking my head how the Rangers didn’t finish this one off.

I don’t think there’s any chance the Tigers go after Reyes. I love to watch him play but he’d probably run over the guy who he was driving in. We have very little speed on our team. He’d stick out like a sore thumb. He’s also very charismatic. How would that be a fit in Detroit and a team filled with all-stars. He also gets hurt a lot.
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I dread the end of baseball season. Enjoyed watching this crazy World Series.

Reyes is crazy -> but a hellava solution:
We need more speed. People with speed on the tigers: Jackson, Santiago, Kelly, Worth, Rhymes. 2 starters and 2 backups and a AAA guy – neither starter bats over .290 or really gets on base well.

We need a 3B who can hit -> make that Peralta. Inge can backup at 3rd and backup catch (start 35 games).

We need a leadoff. .384OBP last year or .341 lifetime, 39 SB last year, and 31 doubles (again the speed). And don’t forget he bats like .330.

There would be drawbacks tho – prolly not signing any RHP for the pen, maybe not resign santiago, an internal solution to backup alex: Reyes is going to need at least 15M/year and a multiple year contract. We would have a super awesome lineup tho – better than Texas i think.

In case you were thinking, what might 15M $s thrown at a bullpen righty get you: WHIP: 1.298, ERA: 2.64, SO/BB: 3.30 (K Rod’s numbers this year), IP: 71.2.

Al^2: WHIP: 1.15, ERA: 1.87, SO/BB: 2.31, IP: 43.1
Benoit: WHIP: 1.05, ERA: 2.95, SO/BB: 3.71, IP: 61.0
Pauley: WHIP: 1.16, ERA: 3.16, SO/BB: 2, IP: 74.0
VV: WHIP: 1.19, ERA: 2.24, SO/BB: 2.02, IP: 72.1

^ and the tiger’s bullpen righties numbers ^

I came here to post a ridiculous notion. I saw that Evan beat me to it!
It might be awkward but I too, think K-Rod might end up being a bargain this year. Talk about a 7th inning guy! Also you have a backup closer and a RHP in the pen. Worth looking at.

Wasn’t K-Rod due $17.5 mil for 2012 before the buyout? He’d have to take a monstrous pay cut to be a bargain to anybody, wouldn’t he?

Well ramon santiago has fired his agent. Sources suggest he will be playing elsewhere next year.

Yes, while that may be true he may not be able to command a large salary like that any longer. Personal problems, injury problems, age. I think he might be able to be had for less.

K Rod is way to expensive for his numbers — I was comparing our numbers to his to illustrate that. We DO need a righty – probably to replace Ryan Perry – but it’s got to be for like 5M not 15M. I’d rather go for Luis Ayala

Congrats Tony. Welcome to the Hall.
*takes cap off*

Agreed—I’m just saying that Free Agents can fizzle out their earning power. I think K-Rods days as a top earner are gone.The readjustment won’t ba as radical as someone like say, Magglio, but his earning power will diminish this year for sure.

K-Rod bears watching out of curiosity if nothing else. It will be interesting to see if he can withstand a 50% pay cut and a greatly diminished role. I’d assume any contract would be laden with options and clauses.
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Nice career, Mr. LaRussa. I saw you play as a utility infielder for the Kansas City Athletics at Tiger Stadium in 1964. A long time and a long way from there.

Things should get interesting. We may actually see very little FA activity from DD as he has also shown the abilitity to wangle a deal.
Whatever deall he makes he does need to be aware of filling multiple needs. It is no good getting a 3rd baseman who hits 20 HS but can’t run or hit above .250.
Or a 2nd baseman (or Shortstop) that can’t get on base and steal 2nd while leading off.
I hope not too much emphasis is put on a backup catcher. If you go for one you need to make sure he hits RH and that he is defensively inclined.
There might be some sleeper LHP out there. Danks had a bad year, Bedard a so-so,
Chen half way decent, Liriano lost his way. All these guys are good pros and ripe for comebacks.

You guys think we need a starter LHP?? geesh i was thinking there was better ways to improve the team (read: spend money).

Also, many decisions to be made today:
Remaining Contract Options
By Tim Dierkes [October 31 at 10:22am CST]
By the end of today, teams and players must decide on all 2012 contract options. Here’s what’s left:

Diamondbacks

Henry Blanco – $1.15MM mutual option with a $250K buyout. The D’Backs are expected to exercise their halves on Blanco and Bloomquist, but we’ll see what the players decide.
Willie Bloomquist – $1.1MM mutual option with a $150K buyout
Aaron Hill – $8MM club option for 2012 and $8MM club option for ’13. This will be declined, though the D’Backs hope to re-sign Hill. In theory, they could decline and offer the Type B free agent arbitration, with the expectation of a salary around $6.2MM if he accepts.
Zach Duke – $5.5MM club option with a $750K buyout. This will be declined.
Rays

Kelly Shoppach – $3.2MM club option with a $300K buyout. I expect this to be declined.
Kyle Farnsworth – $3.3MM club option with a $650K buyout. This is likely to be exercised.
Padres

Brad Hawpe – $6MM mutual option with $1MM buyout. All three Padres were among the 148 players to file for free agency yesterday. Earlier this month, former GM Jed Hoyer said the team would decline on Hawpe and Qualls, and that probably hasn’t changed under Josh Byrnes.
Chad Qualls – $6MM club option with a $1.5MM buyout
Aaron Harang – $5MM mutual option with a $500K buyout. A Padres source doubts Harang will be back next year, tweeted Dan Hayes of the North County Times. That surprises me, given how much Harang enjoyed playing in his home city.
Reds

Brandon Phillips – $12MM club option with a $1MM buyout. This is a lock to be exercised, unless the Reds sign him to an extension first.
Francisco Cordero – $12MM club option with a $1MM buyout. This is a lock to be declined, unless the Reds sign him to an extension first.
Cardinals

Rafael Furcal – $12MM club option with a $1.3MM buyout. This is a lock to be declined, unless the Cardinals sign him to an extension first.
Octavio Dotel – $3.5MM club option with a $750K buyout. I’m guessing the Cardinals will exercise this option.
Blue Jays

Edwin Encarnacion – $3.5MM club option with a $500K buyout. I think the Blue Jays will exercise this option.
Jon Rauch – $3.75MM club option with a $250K buyout. I lean toward this being declined.
Yankees

C.C. Sabathia – may opt out of remaining four years, $92MM. Sabathia is expected to opt out, unless a new deal is reached today.
Rafael Soriano – may opt out of remaining two years, $25MM. Scott Boras says Soriano is “highly unlikely” to opt out.
White Sox

Jason Frasor – $3.75MM club option. I’m guessing the White Sox exercise this one.
Rangers

Yoshinori Tateyama – $1MM club option. Both Rangers options are easy choices to exercise.
Colby Lewis – $3.25MM club option with a $250K buyout, arbitration eligible if declined
Red Sox

Dan Wheeler – $3MM club option with no buyout. I could see this one going either way. Wheeler would be a Type B free agent if it’s declined.
Royals

Joakim Soria – $6MM club option with a $750K buyout, arbitration eligible if declined. Picking this up is a formality for the Royals.

……Dan Wheeler would be nice IMO

Oh and Aramis Ramirez is basically available for a second-round draft pick in the June 2012 draft

Dan Wheeler was just declined by the redsox. Guys got some numbers i really like: 1.115 WHIP and 4.88 SO/BB, but an ERA of 4.38. Give him 3M and call the bullpen basically set (perry and purcey can work in out in the minors).

I guess you already know that Zumaya is not a Type B FA.

hey – y was santos snipped? I thought he did an ok job.

I guess it is to delay the time of arbitration elegibility

I’m going to put in a word for Kelly Shoppach as a backup catcher. Seems to do good work and has played in the AL Central.

I should add that I prefer acquiring AL players. I’m wary of that league jump.

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