Leyland denies Valverde rumor, says it was never discussed

On the day the Tigers shelved Bruce Rondon for a few days to throw a side session and work out some mechanical tweaks, Leyland reiterated his stance that he doesn’t know who his closer is going to be, that they declared anybody. One thing that is not in the mix, though, is Jose Valverde.

Though a tweet last week from Joel Sherman suggested Leyland was interested in signing Valverde but that the price was too high, Leyland said that is not the case.

“It has not been discussed at all,” Leyland said.

Leyland said much the same and more on CBS Sports radio this morning. Another baseball source that has spoken with the Tigers in recent days echoed that.

The Tigers had a chance to sign Valverde as a free agent this offseason and chose not to pursue him, Leyland pointed out. Leyland has recommended Valverde to more than one team that has asked about him, but has known all offseason he wasn’t coming back to Detroit. Early Spring Training struggles from Rondon weren’t going to change that.

The Valverde rumor sounded a lot like the Rafael Soriano rumors that popped up now and then earlier in the offseason.

As for who will close, Leyland is leaving open a lot of internal options, including Rondon.

“Nobody is writing off Rondon,” Leyland said. “It’s way, way too early for that.”

Leyland said he would prefer to go with one set closer rather than a bullpen by committee, because it takes away a lot of the second guessing. But he’s pretty much open to ideas. Even the idea of Rick Porcello as a closer wasn’t entirely dismissed.

“I don’t know if that’s necessarily a wild thought,” Leyland said.


Leyland said away a lot of the second guessing?
Closing by committee is more efficient. Who cares about second guessing? “The Great National Pastime” as Durocher called it

I just hope whoever does it, calmly trots out to the mound, gets the job done, places a few high fives with team mates and calmly walks off.
IMHO, the closer product has been marketed to death.

What’s with the new Tiger caps, both on the road and at home? The gray on the road make are boys look like they’re in prison uniforms.

And the home is not very good either Our traditional hats of the last upteenth years were a very good sight to see and the boys always looked very sharp.

I hope this is just some silly spring training joke. I was aghast last Monday in Clearwater.

BP only caps

I think the road caps make them look like the 1919 Black Sox.

I agree baker.
In other news, I hear the rangers are calling about porcello. While everyone outside of the starting 6 is pitching like garbage. Plutonium went nuclear today.

I don’t think there are any OF RHB’s that i want from the rangers. WTF would you do with peralta if you picked up Andrus? I would like andrus tho…but where does he fit in the lineup (jackson has a better career OBP)? JL would probably underutilized his running so bad he has single-digit stolen bases.
do they have a plethra of AAA starting pitchers?

What about Mike Adams, Craig Gentry and a AAA starter? Gentry can hit lefties pretty well….good defense….

nvrmnd forgot adams got traded:/

They lost one starter so they need one so badly that they are considering Lohse.
They wont get Andrus for Porcello. To get him you need Scherzer.
Peralta could bet traded if they get Andrus
Andrus can hit second ( he SO less than Jackson)and Hunter 6th

what do you think we should do about the closer role, eltigre?

Wait for Rondon or closer by committee. If JL needs a closer: Al Al.
Wilson wont be ready and Valverde was done well before he was removed last year.

you still think F Rod? He hasn’t pitched the 9th, well, in a long time. His numbers the past 3 years are nothing compared to PaPa’s either……

His off field issues are the main problem. While I think his saves record was Scioccia´s work( he used him in a smart way) well managed he could be a good setup and eventually a closer again.
He will play with Team Venezuela in the WBC. We will see if he is still able to close

good pt about the WBC, in particular

OKAY, we endured a ST game that was nearly four hours long. Half the crowd stayed until the end. I assume most of you saw it on FSD.
I’m not worried about the closer. Avoiding second guessing is not a good reason for Jim to avoid using closer by committee if necessary, and he knows that. On any given day, Alburquerque, Coke, Benoit, Dotel, and Villarreal can finish a game. And Rondon can work out okay. That’s a lot of options.
I found it interesting that Jim got the okay from Dombrowski to play Castellanos in RF in order to get Kobernus starts in LF. Appears to me that Jeff is the choice for that RH hitting outfielder if he can demonstrate the ability to play ML caliber LF. He has the “leg up” as the saying goes, IMO.
Turns out the big winter storm in the east is preventing us from going home. We’re staying two more days, so we’ll attend Wednesday’s game.
Today’s game was interrupted by a large kangaroo that suddenly bounded across the infield. (this last sentence was a test to see if people read comments as long as this one)

hah @ the kangaroo comment. Also berry going down (sounds more longterm than the other players injuries this ST) has really opened up the Kobernus possibility of making the 25 man.

Castellanos in RF? that could mean he will do the team. Someone must replace Hunter if he has a day off

1.126 in 15abs……so he’s on track! how do you feel his defense in the OF has been so far in ST?

1.126 OPS, sorry.

yep, read it all! Enjoy your extended vacation! I have barely been posting or reading lately, but with the season a month away I am back. One of these years will hit up spring training.

Huh? A kangaroo? So, yes, some of us read the whole post.

anyone else notice the bawk [sic] by benoit today….he was going to do the ole fake to third throw to first and tried to catch himself. in the 6th.

Danny Knobler say the Tigers are looking for a closer.

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