Tigers Sign Jose Valverde To Two-Year Contract

The Tigers officially signed Jose Valverde to a two-year contract worth $14MM today. The deal also includes a club option for 2012 worth $9MM.

The 30-year-old Valverde has enjoyed a tremendous run as the closer for the Diamondbacks and Astros over the last three years. In 190.1 innings during that time, he posted a 2.84 ERA with a 10.3 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9. Valverde battled leg injuries in 2009, though he held opponents to a .202/.286/.294 batting line after coming off the disabled list in June.

The Tigers were left with a gaping hole in the back of their bullpen this offseason after losing setup man Brandon Lyon and closer Fernando Rodney to the Astros and Angels, respectively. Because Valverde was a Type-A free agent, Detroit sent their first round pick (#19 overall) to Houston as compensation. The Astros will also receive a supplemental first round pick (#33 overall).

The agreement was first reported by Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports last Thursday, with Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com adding the value of the option year later in the day.


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106 Comments on "Tigers Sign Jose Valverde To Two-Year Contract"


firealyellon
5 years 7 months ago

As a Sox fan, I’m glad they wasted money on Valverde instead of a Ben Sheets or an Orlando Hudson…

Abraham Zapruder
5 years 7 months ago

Ed Wade gets his #1 picks. Lucky Ed.

rulomontero
5 years 7 months ago

why did they trade Granderson? the point was a salary dump right?

verlander
5 years 7 months ago

No.

Ferrariman
5 years 7 months ago

maybe they just plan to flip him mid season and get a nice haul on proven prospects as opposed to a low Draft pick. lets face it, after like the 15th ish DP, you have about as good of a chance as finding a star in 15-20 as you do the 2nd round.

firealyellon
5 years 7 months ago

funny. your realize they just lost a pick when they signed Valverde.

markjsunz
5 years 7 months ago

You see high round guys not make , barely make it or have a cup of coffee in the bigs. You see later round guys called up all the time. I am sure someone has done a study on this but a Baseball draft is a crap shoot. Ryan Sandberg was a 24th round pick.

5 years 7 months ago

This makes so much sense. Rodney out, Valverde in (virtually equal money). Who is better??? I’m going with Valverde. Nice signing.

leviticus6688
5 years 7 months ago

I don’t have anything against Valverde, just the $14MM the Tigers gave him. I doubt the Cards would have gone over more than $4-5MM per year. Dombrowski probably could have cut 4 million off the contract based on the total lack of competition.

5 years 7 months ago

From a Tigers perspective, they only gave him 3m more than Rodney got and I think if you asked them they would say Valverde is 3m BETTER than Rodney every day of the week.

leviticus6688
5 years 7 months ago

At least 3M better. However, Rodney and Lyon were two of the most overpaid FAs this offseason. If we base Valverde’s contract on two already inflated contracts, it looks relatively good. If you look at the market as a whole though, I think the Tigers gave up too much. Especially when you consider the entire idea of the Jackson/Granderson trade was to trim their payroll that was already high due to some awful extensions on Dombrowski’s part. Earlier in the offseason, they appeared to be holding money at a premium, so they should be the last team to overpay for a closer at this point.

5 years 7 months ago

Right so from a Tigers perspective they did fine. Who else was left that had a history of CLOSING GAMES?? I don’t buy that the Tigers won’t complete in 2010 having dealt Grandy and E-Jack. They had to sign this guy, they had no choice!

bjsguess
5 years 7 months ago

You are right on. Valverde is a quality closer. I hated the deal for the Angels when it was announced. I’m sick about it now that Valverde has been signed for so cheap. Stupid, stupid, stupid move by my Angels.

The only downside to Valverde is the loss of a draft pick. For the Angels, they could have afforded losing the 29th or so pick. With the other compensation they received that would have been a fair trade off.

Great signing by the Tigers. Bad decision by Valverde to turn down arbitration.

jurgen1792
5 years 7 months ago

like the signing, we have a way better closer now, plus he brings experience, something that’s very usefull with the relief prospects the tigers have.

arock1234
5 years 7 months ago

so who’s closing for the astros than this year? Lyon?

Laputian
5 years 7 months ago

Almost definitely, though I would have rather seen it go to Alberto Arias, who has a slightly higher K rate than Lyon and who induces a lot of grounders that would have fit in well with the Astros improved infield defense.

seanbergmanrules
5 years 7 months ago

Likely some competition between Lyons and Lindstrom. Gervacio and Arias could possibly win the spot, and Chia Jen Lo may be up before the season is over.

tigers22
5 years 7 months ago

As a Tigers fan I don’t mind it. Used some of the money saved from dealing Curt and Ejack to get a guy with nasty stuff for the late innings

JKL
5 years 7 months ago

As an Astros fan, you’ll love Valverde…hated to lose him.

Hoosierdaddy92
5 years 7 months ago

cheap signing, better money spent than rodney or lyon thats for sure. Im glad its more than a one year deal tho, because quite frankly, a one-year deal doesn’t make sense for a team that has an offense going nowhere. However, I’d like to think this is what Dombrowski’s thinking…

IF WE CONTEND UP TO THE ALL-STAR BREAK
Casey Crosby, Alex Avila, Cale Iorg, Casper Wells/A-Jax trade for Adrian Gonzalez. Shift MCAB to DH. Use some of the 50MM we have to spend next offseason to extend Gonzalez and Verlander and sign Carl Crawford. Or trade less than that and just acquire Crawford at the deadline, and sign Dunn in the offseason.
IF WE DONT CONTEND UP TO THE ALL-STAR BREAK
Trade Valverde and Guillen in a package that saves us money and nets us one decent prospect. Or just trade Valverde and get 2 really good prospects. Trade Bonderman, Robertson, Inge, Ordonez or Willis if they have regained any value back (doubtful besides Inge).

tigers22
5 years 7 months ago

“IF WE CONTEND UP TO THE ALL-STAR BREAK
Casey Crosby, Alex Avila, Cale Iorg, Casper Wells/A-Jax trade for Adrian Gonzalez. Shift MCAB to DH. Use some of the 50MM we have to spend next offseason to extend Gonzalez and Verlander and sign Carl Crawford. Or trade less than that and just acquire Crawford at the deadline, and sign Dunn in the offseason.”

What? Highly unlikely.

verlander
5 years 7 months ago

That is probably not enough to get Gonzalez. Just a hunch.

vtadave
5 years 7 months ago

…more than a hunch.

verlander
5 years 7 months ago

Oops didn’t mean to reply to tigers22, sorry.

firealyellon
5 years 7 months ago

you mean FutureFantasyGM?

BCTigerFan
5 years 7 months ago

Wow, that’s a huge package for Gonzalez. I think he’s a great player, but you’re sending 4 or 5 guys that the Tigers think will be MLB regulars in the coming years. They’re not just a bunch of A and AA prospects. Also, you’re making a whole lot of assumptions on what else they will do. It would take a perfect world for them to land Gonzalez, Crawford, and keep Verlander. I suppose you want Adam Everett and Scott Sizemore to combine for 40 homers and 180 RBI’s this season too. Do you also expect Willis, Robertson and Bonderman to be Cy Young candidates? Also, why would they want a .240 hitter with limited defense like Adam Dunn who hasn’t hit American League pitching before?

Hoosierdaddy92
5 years 7 months ago

….No. a lot of people would argue that thats not enough for Gonzalez. a fair trade. Dunn would provide protection in a lineup that sorely needs it. And there isn’t a power hitter I’d rather have in next year’s crop of Free Agents. The only players I’d rather have from next years free agents are Crawford and maybe Carlos Pena. and as for the everett/sizemore thing, no. Id expect Everett to hit 220 and play stud defense and sizemore to hit 260 and steal 15 bags. and I don’t expect any of the three overpaid pitchers to do anything, but if they can even anything for them I’d be happy considering they are free agents anyway. not terribly unrealistic. it would take a perfect world for them to get all three I agree, but 50MM to spend next offseason certainly doesn’t hurt their contracts, especially without a lot of backloaded contracts.

tigers22
5 years 7 months ago

I’m sorry dude but I don’t think they’d even think about trading all those guys for Gonzalez. Those are guys who are on the verge of making the big leagues, and should be a big part of our young core for years to come. Plus were just building our farm up with this big league ready talent, so we aren’t just going to ship it all out for a power hitting first basemen. We already have one of those.

tigers22
5 years 7 months ago

No, no one is even saying Everett and Sizemore will combine for 40/180. You be hard pressed to find many combos that can put those numbers together. And why are you asking people sarcastically if they think Willis and Robertson and Bondo are going to be Cy Young candidates? Of course we don’t… that isn’t what we’re saying. Plus Adam Dunn would be a great addition to this team if we can sign him next offseason. Big bat, great protection for Miggy. No defense, perfect for a DH

andrewyf
5 years 7 months ago

How can you give up a relatively high first-round pick for a reliever?

It’s essentially the same as drafting a reliever in the first round, but worse, because you only get to have that reliever for 2 years, and you pay him much more than he’s worth.

The Tigers have become such a terribly-run organization. What happened to all the pundits who were saying the Tigers were one of the smartest organizations in baseball after they made the WS? Just goes to show you, either the pundits know nothing about which organizations are actually well-run, or organizations that are well-run for a couple years are likely more due to good fortune than anything else.

TommyBrookensIsMyTiger
5 years 7 months ago

Seriously? A “terribly run organization?” Do your homework. They went from one of the worst teams -EVER- to the world series and a perennial contender in just a handful of years. A couple of bad extensions (Willis and Robertson) and one bad trade (Renteria). Look around at the Mets, the Cubs, KC, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Washington, the Reds, the Blue Jays, the Orioles and the Astros and tell me the Tigers are a “terribly-run organization.” Seriously?

The 19th pick in the MLB draft for the top-flight, lights-out closer Detroit has needed since Mike Henneman and that’s somehow a “terrible” decision? And we’re paying him “much more than he’s worth?” Compared to who? Most top-flight closers are making $8-12m or more a year and we’ve got him for $7m, LESS than what he made last year in a very good year. Fernando Rodney and Brandon Lyon are making $5m+/year – at that money, Valverde is a steal!

Come on, get your head out of the fishbowl and look around!

ryanshowalter
5 years 7 months ago

you are 100 percent right my man 100 percent

tigers22
5 years 7 months ago

I agree man. Bad contracts aside this team is a very well run organization. They went from terrible to contender just like you said, and with the moves this offseason DD is setting this team up to be EXTREMELY good in the years to come. They should have a dominating rotation, great arms in the pen, and a good lineup. I don’t care what anyone says, especially casual fans around Detroit who want to cry themselves to sleep over Granderson. This team is going to be very, very good in the near future.

WokingIndians
5 years 7 months ago

Detroit usually pay well over slot for rookies in the draft so can usually get talent at later picks that other teams might pass over due to signing concerns. No big deal really for a semi-elite closer. Far better than going with Perry or Zumaya. As an Indians fan (not that we’ll be close enough in the 9th to warrant them using a closer) but I know who I’d rather my boys had to face!

R_y_a_n
5 years 7 months ago

They had no competition for this guy – the 7MM per year is pretty bad for a team like the Tigers. Can they really afford to spend 7MM on the closer spot? I think if Dombrowski had waited he could’ve gotten him for something around 1 yr 5 mil with an option.

thinking_before_I_post
5 years 7 months ago

No way he would have gone for that cheap. Good signing and you cant forget we have the 2 supplemental picks between the first and second round so the pick wasnt that big of a deal

R_y_a_n
5 years 7 months ago

Um, did you hear anything else about an offer even close to the Tigers? This is a terrible use of very limited resources for the Tigers. And they surrender the 1st round pick – terrible move.

thinking_before_I_post
5 years 7 months ago

No way he would have gone for that cheap. Good signing and you cant forget we have the 2 supplemental picks between the first and second round so the pick wasnt that big of a deal

5 years 7 months ago

“The Astros will receive two draft picks as compensation for losing him: Detroit’s first round pick (19th overall), as well a supplemental first rounder that will be 34th overall.”

Good job by Houston to get 2 picks. Their Farm system certainly needs them.

kornut11
5 years 7 months ago

I am an Astros fan, and I am glad that Bobby Heck just received two nuclear missiles to add to his armament for this years draft. They finally got one of these arbitration things right…

5 years 7 months ago

This is a hilariously bad signing. And as a White Sox fan I couldn’t be happier. They traded a young, effective player at a premium position to save money. Then they spent 14MM on a closer, probably one of the last places you want to allocate resources (unless it’s Mariano Rivera or something, which Valverde is decidedly not). Bad, bad, bad. But good, since the Tigers will not be very good.

tigers22
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah because Teahen and Putz were really impact acquisitions huh? We’ll see man.

nuwildfan2
5 years 7 months ago

Peavy was.

tigers22
5 years 7 months ago

Peavy wasn’t this offseason. C’mon now.

bjsguess
5 years 7 months ago

If I were a WS fan I would be worrying about my own closer situation. Jenks is slumping in a big way and stands to make as much, if not more, than Valverde. Jenks is now untradeable unless the WS kick in money. If Valverde is worth $7m on the open market I have to think that Jenks is worth $5m or so.

5 years 7 months ago

The White Sox have many of their own problems. You can’t compare Jenks and Valverde, however. Jenks is not a free agent, he’s facing arbitration. The White Sox have no control over how much the arb panel decides he should earn. And the simple fact is, the Tigers were bidding against themselves for Valverde and overpaid. He probably will perform adequately, he’ll just do so while making more money than he’s worth.

firealyellon
5 years 7 months ago

the WS have three guys that are fully capable of pitching in high-leverage situations. not worried.

tigers22
5 years 7 months ago

Or how about Omar Vizquel AND Andruw Jones in the same offseason? Both washed up, just taking on the Rangers scraps. Talk about hilarious.

5 years 7 months ago

Neither one of them is being paid like anything more than they are, serviceable bench players. Vizquel still plays elite defense at three infield positions and Andruw Jones is making 500K. That’s the difference. Regardless of your thoughts on the White Sox, the Valverde signing remains laughable.

5 years 7 months ago

The Astros off-season suddenly looks a lot smarter now. #8, #19, #33, and #57. Bobby Heck should be able to really fix the farm system with that haul.

5 years 7 months ago

It was said at the time of the trade and has to be said again. The Granderson trade was not a salaray dump. The Tigers obviously thought they were selling high on two players who they saw flaws in their game. Yes shedding some salaray was an added benefit but the real benefit was getting 4 guys with around 5 years of control. If they were really trying to shed salaray you would have seen Cabrera traded.

BaseballFan0707
5 years 7 months ago

The problem is they got an unproven commodity in Jackson, who has very little power, mediocre base-stealing skills, and strikes out far too much, and Coke, an expendable left hander for Grandy. The haul from the D’backs was much better, considering how the only thing E Jackson had going for him was a good first half of the year.

5 years 7 months ago

The only way they got Scherzer and Schlerith was if they traded Graderson to Yankees who sent Ian Kennedy to D-Backs so it wasn’t A. Jackson and Coke for Granderson.

Hoosierdaddy92
5 years 7 months ago

You hit the nail right on the hammer there. I have been saying that since day 1. the only way the Tigers got Scherzer was by sending granderson as well. and schlereth was what they got for jackson. initially the Edwin Jackson trade was just

E. Jackson AND they also offered Gerald Laird for Schlereth and Chris B. Young or Geraldo Parra (which is not a bad return in it of itself) The Diamondbacks were NOT willing to trade Scherzer for Jackson straight up.

So think of it as two trades really

E. Jackson for Schlereth-(which is better than what was initially proposed by subtracting Laird)
and
Curtis Granderson for A-Jax, Scherzer, and Phil Coke

Thats a pretty impressive haul for Granderson and a what they would have gotten for E. Jackson anyway.

5 years 7 months ago

The only way they got Scherzer and Schlerith was if they traded Graderson to Yankees who sent Ian Kennedy to D-Backs so it wasn’t A. Jackson and Coke for Granderson.

Dexter_Morgan
5 years 7 months ago

They replaced Fernando Rodney (signed with Angels for 2 years/$11 million) with Valverde. I know they gave up the draft pick (that doesn’t matter as much to a team who is willing to draft over slot) but I think the Tigers did well here. Valverde is much better than Rodney, and he only got $3 million more. With that said, the Tigers didn’t want to pay Granderson $13.75 over the next two years, but they’ll give Valverde $14 million?

vivagermany
5 years 7 months ago

Seeing as how the world is ending in 2012, I like that they made it an option year.

5 years 7 months ago

Ya that shouldn’t matter since the world is not going to end.

tigers22
5 years 7 months ago

LOL

BoSoxSam
5 years 7 months ago

You just made my day. 😀

5 years 7 months ago

Way to much, but its nice as a Sox fan to see Detroit throw away that much money.

5 years 7 months ago

I think the Tigers had to go two years to have a chance to sign him. If we start talking 1 year $5 million you would see a lot of teams step in and sign him in a set-up role at that price (Yankees, Mets, Cubs). Don’t think Tigers mind two years at the price because 1.) It is very tradeable and 2.) They don’t have to be in the market for a closer for the next two years when they will have a better chance of contending. Zumaya had no business closing and Perry probably wouldn’t be ready until next year but now can take his time in the set-up role. I love the signing for the Tigers who have not had a dominate closer since Wille Hernandez.

Hoosierdaddy92
5 years 7 months ago

dont forget about Daniel Schelereth and Phil Coke though, both potential closer candidates.