Detroit Tigers Release Closer Jose Valverde

June 7, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Jose Valverde (46) pitches against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

It was a quick fall from grace for the Detroit Tigers (now former) closer.

Valverde of course lost his job as Tigers closer during last year’s postseason and the Tigers, unhappy with his poor play and over the top antics decided against bringing him back for the 2013 season. However, struggling with their bullpen, the Tigers decided to take one more chance on Valverde, signing him to a minor league deal.

Valverde breezed through the lower levels but struggled upon his return to the Majors and today was designated for assignment by the Tigers. The move is somewhat shocking given the Tigers’ struggles in the pen as just last season Valverde posted a very respectable 3.78 ERA.

Per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:

Jose valverde was designated for assignment. #tigers

Valverde, who leaves the Tigers with a 5.59 ERA and 1.24 WHIP will hope to latch on with another team in need of bullpen help.

A five hit, four earned run inning on Wednesday evening where the Dominican native looked completely uninterested sealed his fate. Valverde blew three saves in twelve chances.

Topics: Detroit Tigers, Jose Valverde

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