Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that veteran reliever Jose Valverde has signed with the Nationals after opting out of a minor-league contract with the Padres three weeks ago.
It’s another minor-league deal for Valverde, the 37-year-old former All-Star closer who struggled during spring training and hasn’t pitched well in the majors since 2012.
It’s possible he still has enough left in the tank to be useful to the Nationals in a middle relief role, but Valverde will likely have to impress at Triple-A to earn a call-up.
This is not a repeat from, well, any point in the past several seasons:
Maybe, eventually, they’ll get one?
In other news, Jose Valverde is available. C’mon, Dombrowski. Make a trade if you have to, but you can get Valverde for free! We need this to happen.
Just a couple weeks ago there were actual stories written by mainstream outlets suggesting Jose Valverde was turning heads in Padres camp, which is the sort of thing that makes paying attention to spring training seem silly.
Valverde has opted out of his minor-league deal upon learning he will not make the Opening Day roster and the Padres granted his release, meaning the 37-year-old former closer is once again a free agent.
Valverde posted an ERA above 5.00 in each of the past two seasons and has now been cut loose by the Tigers, Mets, and Padres since late 2013.
According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Padres have signed reliever Jose Valverde. It’s presumably a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
Valverde, who turns 37 in March, posted a 5.66 ERA and 23/10 K/BB ratio over 20 2/3 innings with the Mets last season before being released in late May. It’s easy to forget this, but he actually served as New York’s closer for a stretch after Bobby Parnell’s Tommy John surgery and went 2-for-4 in save opportunities. The Mets turned to Jenrry Mejia after Valverde’s release and the bullpen actually became a strength as the year moved along.
Valverde is unlikely to be trusted with a late-inning role again, but the Padres are at least willing to see if he has anything left in the tank.
Tigers righty Rick Porcello didn’t record a shutout over the first 163 starts of his major league career.
Now he has two shutouts in the past six days.
Porcello limited the American League West-leading Athletics to four hits and induced a whopping 17 groundouts in the Tigers’ 3-0 victory on Tuesday night in Detroit. Porcello failed to register a single strikeout but he also issued zero walks, throwing 68 of his 95 pitches for strikes. J.D. Martinez led the way offensively with a two-run homer.
Porcello is tied with Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka for the major league lead in wins with 11.
His streak of 25 1/3 scoreless innings is the longest for a Tigers pitcher since Jose Valverde in 2010 and he’s the first Tigers starter to throw back-to-back shutouts since Jack Morris rattled off three straight in 1986.