Tigers release Jose Valverde
For the third time in the last nine months, the Tigers have cut ties with Jose Valverde. This time, it appears to be for good.
The team announced on Wednesday that it has unconditionally released Valverde from his minor-league contract, ending his stint at Triple-A Toledo after just over a month. For much of that time, any chance of his return to Detroit seemed minute. This pretty much formalizes it.
The Tigers brought back Valverde on a minor-league contract after they designated him for assignment in June. His agent, Scott Boras, never said there was an opt-out in the contract, but it was clear there was a timeframe for the Tigers to evaluate him and decide whether to bring him back.
Valverde went 7-for-7 in save chances for the Hens, but he gave up five runs on 14 hits in 11 innings, walking six batters and striking out 10. But the success of Joaquin Benoit in the closer’s role in Detroit pretty well ruled out any chance of Valverde’s return up Interstate 75.