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Leading on Valverde is relative

I don’t like the idea of suggesting a team is in the lead for a free agent. The scorekeeping is completely subjective until a player decides where to sign. A team can easily hide their best offer until the last minute. Heck, a player doesn’t even have to take the supposed best offer. Who leads then?

That said, every indication backs up the notion that the Tigers’ offer for Jose Valverde is the most lucrative one out there. If it’s a two-year offer, as some indications suggest, it would also likely be the longest. And depending on who’s saying what, there could be multiple teams competing with them, one team, or none.

The Cardinals were rumored to have a lesser offer of their own out there for him, but MLB.com Cardinals reporter Matthew Leach had a source tell him that was “news to me” and that there’s “nothing to it.” A tweet from Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown reported another offer from an unknown team, but the extent of that is unknown.

So are the Tigers in the lead? Well, Valverde hasn’t signed yet. The two sides were still talking Wednesday, according to a source, but as logical a fit as it seems, it’s still not done.

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.

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