• Tigers sign Valverde to minor league deal

    Summary of 2 articles · Updated Apr 4, 2013
    The Detroit Tigers have made no promises to Jose Valverde. Team president and general manager Dave Dombrowski announced Thursday that the Tigers have agreed to terms with Valverde on a Minor League contract that includes an opt-out clause if he isn't in the big leagues by May 5. But the Tigers, who don't have a set closer after letting the three-time All-Star become a free agent, took a step Thursday toward bringing Valverde back by agreeing to terms on a minor-league contract. Valverde will report to the team's extended Spring Training program in Lakeland, Fla., and throw to hitters before joining Triple-A Toledo. After an offseason and Spring Training of debate about the pros and cons of a rookie closer, followed by weeks of questions about a closer by committee, the Tigers are going to take a look at their former closer. The right-hander they call Papa Grande, who led the American League with 49 saves just two years ago, must prove he can still pitch well enough to warrant a spot in the back of their bullpen.
    Sources: ESPN.com MLB.com

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