Jose Valverde has been pitching at Triple-A since the Tigers designated him for assignment and he passed through waivers unclaimed in late June, saving seven games with a 4.09 ERA and 10/6 K/BB ratio in 11 innings for Toledo.
And today the Tigers released him.
Shockingly, it turns out that being a “proven closer” doesn’t matter much when you’re no longer actually a good pitcher, although it took the Tigers a while to realize that while letting Valverde throw 19 innings with a 5.59 ERA in the ninth-inning role he ceased deserving long ago.
I suppose technically Valverde was right about only being in the minors for a short time. At age 35 he’ll no doubt have to settle for another minor-league deal if he decides to keep playing.
Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports that the Orioles and Diamondbacks have agreed in principle to a trade involving outfielder Michael Bourn. The trade is in the process of being finalized. It is not yet known what the Diamondbacks are receiving in return.
Bourn will be the second outfielder the Orioles have acquired on Wednesday, as the club also claimed Drew Stubbs off waivers from the Rangers.
With rosters expanding on Thursday, the Orioles are making a concerted effort to bolster the team’s outfield depth. Both Stubbs and Bourn are eligible for the Orioles’ postseason roster if the club makes it.
Bourn, 33, hit .261/.307/.362 with 21 extra-base hits, 30 RBI, 43 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 358 plate appearances.
The Orioles have claimed outfielder Drew Stubbs off release waivers from the Rangers, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The club designated for assignment pitcher Kyle Lobstein, whom they acquired from the Pirates earlier on Wednesday, to make roster space for Stubbs, Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
The Rangers designated Stubbs for assignment last week. After clearing waivers, Stubbs refused an assignment to Triple-A Round Rock, so the Rangers released him on Monday.
Stubbs, 31, has taken only 67 plate appearances this season — 42 with the Braves, 25 with the Rangers — as he missed a lot of time between mid-May and mid-August with a sprained left toe.
With rosters expanding, the veteran Stubbs will simply add to the Orioles’ outfield depth.