Tigers In Lead For Jose Valverde

4:21pm: In a chat today, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says he's been told the Cardinals are "not actively involved" on Valverde.

12:53pm: The Tigers are believed to have the biggest offer out to free agent reliever Jose Valverde, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  The sides are not close to a deal, however.  Morosi adds that the Cubs are not interested, but the Cardinals "could emerge as a suitor."  Just depends on if they want to put most of their $6-7MM in one basket, I'd say.  Yahoo's Tim Brown tweets that Valverde has offers from the Tigers, Cardinals, and one other team.

Last night on Twitter, Jim Bowden had this to say:

[Tigers GM] Dave Dombrowski told me tonight they are focusing on the back end of the bullpen and did not deny an offer to Valverde and a willingness to lose their #1 pick.

MLBTR's Ben Nicholson-Smith ran through the draft picks that would be at stake in a post Sunday.  The Tigers would surrender the #19 overall pick to the Astros, while the Cardinals would have to part with #25.  Ben noted that the Red Sox have not been connected to Valverde but they'd only have to give up the #107 overall pick.


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71 Comments on "Tigers In Lead For Jose Valverde"


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mochajoe
5 years 5 months ago

Talk about misreading the market…had he accepted arbitration, he would of made a nice raise

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LawUSA87
5 years 5 months ago

Sounds like Varitek of ’10.

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LawUSA87
5 years 5 months ago

Sounds like Varitek of ’10.

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bjsguess
5 years 5 months ago

Common mistake. Wagner did the same thing. Bet he left $2-3m on the table.

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Guest
5 years 5 months ago

dumb

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ozymandius1024
5 years 5 months ago

Well quite obviously because they weren’t trying to lower payroll (that was just some bs excuse), but trying to sell high on a couple of players (which they did). This should cement that pretty well.

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firealyellon
5 years 5 months ago

I disagree: Granderson’s contract, even considering some regression, is pretty budget-friendly. His production was very likely going to be well worth the measly 5.5M he was going to earn in 2010, and probably even the 20M he was due in 2011-2012. This are exactly the kind of contracts the Tigers should embrace, not trade away.

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firealyellon
5 years 5 months ago

I disagree: Granderson’s contract, even considering some regression, is pretty budget-friendly. His production was very likely going to be well worth the measly 5.5M he was going to earn in 2010, and probably even the 20M he was due in 2011-2012. This are exactly the kind of contracts the Tigers should embrace, not trade away.

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glberns
5 years 5 months ago

Dear Cubs,

Get Kiko Calero.

Thanks,
Chicago.

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glberns
5 years 5 months ago

Dear Jim Hendry,

Get Kiko Calero. Thanks.

Love,
Chicago